Tetradrachm with laureate bust of Vespasian - ROM2011_12102_33


Tetradrachm with laureate bust of Vespasian

Medium:Struck billon
Geography: Mint of Alexandria, Egypt
Date: 69-70 AD
Period: Reign of Vespasian, Roman Imperial period
Object number: 910X167.7
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: trade and commerce

Coin Hoard from Egypt

This hoard of 197 billon (debased silver) tetradrachms contained in a small amphora was found in Egypt. It was likely buried shortly after AD 70. The coins were struck during the reigns of the Roman emperors Claudius (AD 41-54), Nero (AD 54-68), and Vespasian (AD 69-79). All coins were minted in Alexandria, Egypt. Many such hoards have been unearthed through farming activities, archaeological excavations, or metal-detecting searches. They were hidden in the ground for safe-keeping, but their owners never managed to return to retrieve them.

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