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Triton XXI, Lot: 16. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Nero. AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.15 g, 12h). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/67). NEPΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AV, radiate bust left, wearing aegis; L IΓ (date) below chin / [ΣEBAΣTOΦOPOΣ], corbita with helmsman under sail to right; two dolphins in water. Köln 186; Dattari (Savio) 264; K&G 14.99 corr. (obv. legend); RPC I 5296; Emmett 121.13; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 16 (this coin). Good VF, toned. Great surfaces and struck on broad flan.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Italo Vecchi, London, December 1977.

There appear to be two different varieties of this type – one with dolphins and one without. Most likely, it commemorates Nero’s visit to Greece in AD 66-67.