Drachm of Alexandria with bust of Hadrian

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 132–133

Mint: Egypt, Alexandria


Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 21.53 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Temple of Sarapis and Hadrianeum, with togate emperor at right, his right hand extended to an inscribed plaque or stele. At left, Sarapis with scepter in left hand, right hand raised.
Year 17 = AD 132/133.
Inscription in Greek.


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