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Ancient Rome (Alexandria, Egypt) Hadrian Drachm with Quadriga of Elephants  117AD to 138AD
Ancient Rome (Alexandria, Egypt) Hadrian Drachm with Quadriga of Elephants 117AD to 138AD

This large (33 mm, 27 g) coin comes from Alexandria when Hadrian was emperor of Rome. The portrait bust is laureate, draped, and cuirassed. The reverse show Hadrian driving an elephant-drawn quadriga. There are several varieties. Very, very approximately:

worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $1000

The coin in our main picture (upper left) comes from Heritage Auctions where it sold for $230 US dollars in a 2013 auction.

A little more insight into value comes from the three pictured coins to the right. The (A) coin is in great shape, with plenty of detail, zero problems, and strong eye appeal. This is an $800 (retail) coin. The (B) coin is the Heritage piece which sold for $230. Wear and lack of detail plague the (C) coin. It is worth about $50.

Coin: 20553 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Jim, Sat, 16-Jan-2016 04:07:14 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 17-Jan-2016 03:15:48 GMT
Requester description: 117AD Quadriga of elephants, Hadrian period LEN D E KATOV on back
KAICAP on front
Tags: ancient rome alexandria egypt hadrian drachm drachmai quadriga elephants elephant anciet romana roman romen roma egyption egyptian hadrians apaxme drachme araxmai dpachmai evvhnikh apaxmai dachm drachma drachmes dpaxmh apachmai paxmai draxmai apaxmae hmokpatia paxme dpaxmai apaxmee ewhnikh ehnikh drachamas len katov kaicap front period dot beaded beading beads pionts point periods dots points bead avt ayt kai avtkai chariot

  

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