A bronze drachm of Trajan, issued in Alexandria, Egypt, has a
fascinating story to tell.
The reverse of the circa A.D. 109 to 110 coin depicts the Egyptian
god Hapi, god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion.
One of only three coins known, the example is being offered in
Classical Numismatic Group’s Internet and mail-bid sale No. 97, which
closes Sept. 17.
The flood’s deposit of rich silt helped elevate Hapi into a symbol
of fertility, and he is typically depicted as a man with a large belly
wearing a loincloth, and having female-like breasts, according to the
The obverse of the coin shows Trajan, and the reverse includes a
seated Hapi, his right hand raised. A nilometer (marker used to
measure the flooding) and a hawk (Horus) on a column or table also appear.
Graded Fine by the auction house, the coin is worn and has an “even
brown patina with touches of green, [and] some very minor porosity.”
The coin is estimated at $5,000 U.S.
To learn more about the auction, telephone CNG at 717-390-9194 or
visit the firm’s website.
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