Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Roman Drachm of Emperor Antoninus Pius

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1981C359
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:154 AD - 155 AD

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Alexandria Mint - View history


For the first three centuries AD the Roman Emperors ruled Egypt as a kind of personal estate and governed it quite differently to the rest of their empire. For instance it had its own coinage, which blended Greek and Egyptian features. On the reverse of this coin is the god Zeus Ammon. Beside him are L, a symbol meaning 'year', and IH, Greek numerals representing '18'. This shows that the coin was minted in the 18th year of Antoninus Pius's reign (AD 154-155).

Transferred by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust in accordance with an order of Mr Justice Foster, dated 21 March 1977.

Further Information

Reign:Antoninus Pius
Mint Mark:Alexandria
Place of Origin:Alexandria, Egypt

Associated People

Associated Places


Diameter:33 mm