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10700043
Triton XXI, Lot: 43. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $3750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (35mm, 21.49 g, 12h). Dated RY 4 (AD 100/101). AVT KAIΣ NEP TPAIAN ΣЄB ΓЄPM, laureate head right / Nilus reclining left on crocodile to right, holding a reed and cornucopia from which emerges a Genius; Iς above; L ∆ (date) in exergue. Köln 448; Dattari (Savio) 977 (this coin); K&G 27.23 corr. (obv. legend with normal Σ, not lunate); RPC III 4134/36 (this coin); Emmett 550.4; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 45 (this coin). Good VF, beautiful brick red patina with some green in the devices. A portrait of outstanding quality.


From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Dr. Piero Beretta, Milan, October 1972. Ex Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 977.

The Greek numerals “Iς” to the right of the Genius indicate 16 cubits, the optimal flood level height of the Nile during inundation season.