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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2103. Estimate $10000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $7750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DRYANTILLA wife of Regalianus. Circa 260 AD. Antoninianus (3.36 gm). Carnuntum mint. SVLP [DRYANTILLA AVG], diademed and draped bust right, resting on crescent / [IVN]ONI RED[INE], Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre. RIC V pt. 2, 2; Göbl C11, pl. 4, 11 (same dies); Cohen 1. Toned VF, typical crude strike, overstruck on a denarius of Maximinus I Thrax. Extremely rare, one of the great rarities of Roman coinage! [See color plate 12] ($10,000)

Following the capture of Valerian I by the Persian army, one of Valerian’s generals serving in Illyricum, Cornelius Publius Caius Regalianus, seized power. All of Regalianus’ coinage has been attributed to a mint in Carnuntum (on the Danube between modern Hainburg and Bratislava in Hungary). His wife was Sulpicia Dryantilla, whose father, Sulpicius Pollio, was an officer under Caracalla. Regalianus was killed by his own troops after a very short reign and Dryantilla most likely shared his fate.