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Triton XXI, Lot: 15. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero. AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 13.26 g, 12h). Dated RY 10 (AD 63/64). NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, radiate head right / AY[T]O KPA, draped bust of Serapis right, wearing taenia and calathus; L I (date) before. Köln 160–1; Dattari (Savio) 251–2; K&G 14.77 corr. (obv. legend); RPC I 5274; Emmett 133.10; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 15 (this coin). EF, toned. Well struck on a broad flan. Very rare this nice.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Auctions XIII (4 December 1990), lot 425.

The image of Zeus Sarapis, the greatest deity of the Greco-Egyptian pantheon, appears here for the first time on the tetradrachms of Nero and corresponds to the canon statuary present at the Serapeum of Alexandria.