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Ex Jean-Pierre Righetti Collection – One of the Finest Known

Triton XXI, Lot: 4. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Julia Augusta (Livia). As wife of Augustus, 38 BC-AD 14. Æ Diobol – 80 Drachmai (26mm, 13.35 g, 12h). Second series, struck circa 19-3/2 BC. [ΛΙ]ΟVΙΑ CΕΒΑC[ΤΟΥ], head right / Filleted cornucopia. Köln 35; Dattari (Savio) 57 & 6608; K&G 3.1; RPC I 5006; Emmett 50 (R4); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 4 (this coin). Good VF, attractive dark brown patina, some faint scratches. Extremely rare, and one of the finest known.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Jean-Pierre Righetti Collection (Münzen & Medaillen Deutschland GmbH 12, with Nomos AG, 11 April 2003), lot 281; Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 262 (March 1966), lot 22.

Even though this type lacks the denominational abbreviation (Π) seen on the issues of Cleopatra VII and Augustus, it is considered to be the same denomination (80 Drachmai) and continues the series.