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Triton XXI, Lot: 11. Estimate $750.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Agrippina Junior. Augusta, AD 50-59. Æ Diobol (26mm, 10.42 g, 12h). Dated RY 13 of Claudius (AD 52/53). AΓPIΠΠINA [CЄBAC]TH, draped bust of Agrippina Junior right, wearing wreath of grain ears / Draped bust of Euthenia right, wearing wreath of grain ears; [Є]YӨH NIA/L IΓ (date) across field; two grain ears to lower right. Köln 110-2; Dattari (Savio) 179 (this coin); K&G 13.4; RPC I 5194; Emmett 103.13; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 11 (this coin). Good VF, reddish brown and green patina. An untouched and attractive coin.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Sammlung Amadeus (Giessener Münzhandlung 100, 20 November 1999), lot 452; Kunst und Münzen AG XXII (2 April 1981), lot 263; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 179.

According to Emmett, this type was coined for Claudius’ regnal years 11-13 and 15. Agrippina Junior, wife and niece of Claudius, is assimilated to the goddess Euthenia (Abundance), the wife of Nilus, and symbol of agricultural prosperity, who appears on the reverse. The excellent and realistic portrait of Agrippina recalls, in particular, the marble head that resides in the collection of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen (Catalog No. 636).