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Triton XXI, Lot: 33. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $2250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Vespasian, with Titus as Caesar. AD 69-79. Æ Drachm (34mm, 18.14 g, 12h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/76). ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒΑ • ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ, laureate head right of Vespasian; L H (date) below chin / ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ • [Τ]ΙΤΟΣ • ΚΑΙΣΑΡ, laureate head right of Titus. Köln 307; Dattari (Savio) 350-1; K&G 20.54; RPC II 2448; Emmett 209.8 (R3); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 33 (this coin). Good VF or better, attractive dark green and brown patina. Rare, and one of the finest known.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Triton VI (14 January 2003), lot 583; West Coast/Lloyd Beauchaine Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 41, 19 March 1997), lot 1108; Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 2, Bank Leu/Münzen und Medaillen AG, 21 October 1966), lot 694; Adolph Cahn 71 (14 October 1931), lot 1135.

This dynastic issue with busts of Vespasian and Titus was struck in the drachm denomination for regnal years 8 and 9 only of Vespasian’s reign.