Origin: These bronze tetradrachms, issued under Roman rule, were struck at the city of Alexandria in the Nile River delta. They show a unique blend of cultures: the eagle on the reverse is stylistically Egyptian, yet the portrait of the emperor on the obverse is unmistakably Roman.
Since ancient Egyptian culture was very distinct to that of the Greeks and Romans, it's easy to forget that Egypt wasn't actually ruled by Egyptians for the last thousand years of ancient history.
Egypt was first conquered by the Persian Achaemenid Empire in the sixth century BC, who continued to rule for about 200 years. When Alexander the Great famously conquered Egypt and established the Greek Ptolemaic Kingdom in 332 BC, it was actually already under foreign rule.
In 30 AD, Egypt changed hands yet again—after a Roman offensive in Alexandria and the suicide of the last Ptolemaic ruler Cleopatra, the region was absorbed into the Roman Empire as the province of Egypt. Roman rule in the region would last until 641 AD, as Egypt was retained by the Byzantines even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Each of these coins measures approximately 20mm in diameter, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
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A mummy portrait of a boy, commonly painted on wooden boards attached to upper class mummies of Roman Egypt. (via Wikimedia)
Your order will include:
One Roman Egyptian tetradrachm, various emperors
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Frequently Asked Questions:
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When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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