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Wonderful Portrait of Galba

Triton XXI, Lot: 21. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $4500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Galba. AD 68-69. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 12.81 g, 12h). Dated RY 1 (AD 68). ΛΟΥΚ ΛΙΒ [ΣΟ]ΥΛΠ ΓΑΛΒΑ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right; L A (date) below chin / ΑΛΕΞΑΝ ΔΡΕΑ, draped bust of Alexandria right, wearing elephant-skin headdress. Köln 217; Dattari (Savio) 298-9; K&G 17.1; RPC I 5326; Emmett 170.1; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 21 (this coin). EF, toned. Exceptional surfaces. Wonderful portraits of Galba and Alexandria. Amongst the finest known.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 63 (21 May 2003), lot 1097.