269 NGC AU 5/5 Claudius II Roman Egypt Alexandria Tetradrachm Hermanubis Bust Pedigree (21090503C)
Almost Uncirculated Emperor Claudius II Roman Egypt Alexandria tetradrachm coin.
Dated to the Emperor's 2nd (year letter B) Alexandrian regnal year = 269/70 CE.
NGC Certified to AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, 9.1g.
Rare grade & extremely rare subgrades!!
Obverse: Emperor draped bust right.
Reverse: Hermanubis bust wearing modius with lotus-petal in front; before winged caduceus and palm-branch combined.
Emmett 3883/2 (only year of issue for type).
Pedigree: Ex. CNA (precursor to CNG) sale VII, May 1989, Lot 191.
Hermes' and Anubis's similar responsibilities (they were both conductors of souls) led to the god Hermanubis. He was popular during the period of Roman domination over Egypt. Depicted as having a human body and jackal head, with the sacred caduceus that belonged to the Greek god Hermes, he represented the Egyptian priesthood, engaged in the investigation of truth.