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Triton XXI, Lot: 37. Estimate $500.
Sold for $475. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Domitian. AD 81-96. Æ Diobol (25mm, 7.43 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 (AD 83/84). AVTOK ΚΑΙΣ[ΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ]ΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ, laureate head right / ΕΤVΣ (sic) TPITΟV (date), draped bust of Isis right, wearing taenia and crowned with disk and horns. Köln 336 var. (ΕΤOVΣ); Dattari (Savio) 503 var. (same); K&G 24.20 var. (same); RPC II 2490 var. (same); SNG Milano 854; Emmett 296.3; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 38 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with touches of green.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Empire Coins 8 (7 December 1987), lot 385.

For regnal years 2-9 of Domitian’s reign, the dates are spelled out in Greek on the reverse (ΕΤΟΥΣ TPITΟV = Year 3). On this particular coin, the word for year (ΕΤΟΥΣ) is incorrectly spelled as ΕΤVΣ.