AUGUSTUS BRONZE 80 DRACHMA – FIRST ROMAN PROVINCIAL COIN OF EGYPT PROCLAIMING AUGUSTUS AS THE SON OF GOD – CHOICE FINE NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 17654)
ROMAN EMPIRE. PROVINCIAL ISSUE OF ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT, UNDER AUGUSTUS (27 BC – AD 14).
Bronze 80 drachmai, 17.70 g, 26 mm., first series struck ca. 30-28 BC.
Obv. ΘΕΟΥ ΥΙΟΥ, head of Augustus right.
Rev. KAIΣAPOΣ AYTOKPATOPOΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopiae in left field, Π (denomination) in right field.
RPC 5001; Köln 1; Dattari 2; K&G 2.5; Emmett 1; Staffieri 2.
NGC graded CHOICE FINE, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, a rare emission being the first ROMAN ALEXANDRIAN COIN, struck soon after the defeat of Marc Antony and Cleopatra at Actium. As such it is also the FIRST Roman provincial coin of Egypt. The obverse legend proclaims that Augustus is the “SON OF GOD”, that is the son of the deified Julius Caesar.