Hadrian, Alexandria, Egypt 134-135 AD

October 16, 2014

This coin was minted at the end of the Bar Kochba Revolt. The reverse shows a ram which may represent Judea. The ram is about to be sacrificed on a Egyptian altar. Serapis, a Greco-Egyptian god of resurrection is pictured above the ram. It appears the coin symbolizes the old Judea being sacrificed to the gods and subsequently being resurrected by the god Serapis in the Egyptian-Greco-Roman context. Serapis was featured frequently on the coins of Aelia Capitolina. There are pellets and crescents on the headgear of the ram. Photo CNG Coins

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