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Triton XXI, Lot: 54. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (35mm, 17.79 g, 12h). Dated RY 17 (AD 113/114). AVT T PAIAN CЄB ΓЄPM ∆AKIK, laureate and cuirassed bust right; the cuirass decorated with a small figure of Trajan on horeback galloping right / Zeus Nikephorus seated left on throne, holding Nike in his extended right hand and vertical scepter with his left; to left at his feet, eagle standing left, head right; two Nikai on throneback; L I Z (date) across field. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 1063; K&G 27.569; RPC III 4814.2/4 (this coin); Emmett 613.17 (R3); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 54 (this coin). EF, dark brown surfaces with touches of red. Very rare, only four specimens cited by the authors of RPC, including this coin. A wonderful portrait.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Italo Vecchi, London, April 1991.