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Triton XXI, Lot: 13. Estimate $300.
Sold for $300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero. AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 11.59 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 (AD 56/57). NEP KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AYTO, laureate head right / ΠΡΟΝ • ΝΕΟΥ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ, Nero seated left, radiate and togate, holding mappa(?) with his extended right hand and vertical scepter with his left, his feet resting on stool; L Γ (date) to left. Köln 121; Dattari (Savio) 200; K&G 14.9 corr. (obv. legend); RPC I 5203; Emmett 120.3; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 13 (this coin). Good VF, toned. Well centered and struck for issue. Rare.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Gorny & Mosch 196 (7 March 2011), lot 2281.

On this rare type, Nero appears on the reverse wearing a radiate crown with a legend declaring him as the “new Augustus”.