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From the time of the Pharaohs, Egypt was a closed society, its economy controlled for maximum tax revenue. The Ptolemies created a unique coinage system  which  the Romans continued. The drachma was equal to a Roman sestertius. Coinage of Roman Egypt was struck in bronze and in billon, a silver alloy. A billon tetradrachm  equalled  a Roman denarius.

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Hemidrachm of Hadrian

Drachms, hemidrachms, and lower denominations were struck in bronze through the 2nd century, before inflation obsoleted these denominations. These circulated for hundreds of years, and it is rare to find one that grades above Fine. The billon tetradrachm was later debased by replacing silver with lead, until its alloy became potin. The last Provincial coins were potin tetradrachms struck in 296.
   

GI2068* 1853 Commodus: Billon 25 Tetradrachm
$30.00
Obv. M A KOM ANTΩ CEB EV CEB
Laur. hd r.
Rev. LKΘ
Dikaiosyne seated l.
8.80 g
Sear GI2068v
VF

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GI4743 1391 Claudius II: Potin 23 Tetradrachm of Alexandria
$35.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. r., hd. turned l.
11.48 g
Sear GI4743: Milne 4287
VF

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GI4743 1685 Claudius II: Potin Tetradrachm of Alexandria
$50.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. r., hd. turned l.
9.34 g
Sear GI4743: Emmett 3877
good VF

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GI4766* 1309 Probus: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$50.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L B
Dikaiosyne stg. l. stg. l.
8.20 g
Sear GI 4766v; Milne 4523
VF

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GI4772* 1387 Probus: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$60.00
Obv.
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Γ
Eagle stg. l., hd. turned r.
6.78
Sear GI4772v; Milne 4565
EF

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GI4785* 1388 Diocletian: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$30.00
Obv. A K Γ OVA ΔIOKΛETIANOC CEB
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Δ
Athena stg. l.
6.80 g
Sear GI4785v; BMC 2483v
sl. uneven, oth. nEF

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GI4786* 1337 Diocletian: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$50.00
Obv. A K Γ OVA ΔIOKΛETIANOC CEB
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. L Δ
Athena stg. l.
7.51 g
Sear GI4786v; Milne 4851
VF

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GI4790* 1394 Maximanus I: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$25.00
Obv. A K MAΞIMIANOC CEB
Laur. bust r.
Rev. CENATOY L Δ
Eagle stg. l., hd. turned
7.38 g
Sear GI4190v; Milne 4909
VF

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GI4793* 1393 Maximianus I: Potin 20 tetradrachm of Alexandria
$25.00
Obv. A K MAΞIMIANOC CEB
Laur. bust r.
Rev. CENATOY L Γ
Tyche stg. l.
7.72 g
Sear GI4193v; Milne 4944
VF

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R3061 0333 Salonina: Billon Tetradrachm
$45.00
Obv. KOPNHΛIA CALONEINA CEB
Diad. & dr. bust r.
Rev. L - E
Eagle stg. l.
9.99 g
Sear 3061; BMC 2272
worn obv. die, otherwise VF

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