Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Caracalla

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 212–213 (?)

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 33.5 mm. Weight: 24.74 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate bust of Caracalla to right.
Reverse: Nilus reclining right, on sphinx to left, cornucopiae in left arm, reed in right arm. Nike (?) standing at right, wreath in raised right hand, palm in left.
Greek inscriptions worn and illegible.


By date unknown: Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt Collection (one of 302 Alexandrian coins [1985.1028–1985.1329] acquired by Godfrey Peckitt in Egypt prior to World War II); date unknown: inherited from Mrs.Godfrey Peckitt by Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone; July 11, 1969: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III from Mrs. Perry T. Rathbone; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, November 27, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule