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A Magnificent Dichalkon of Hadrian

Triton XXI, Lot: 60. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Dichalkon (13mm, 1.43 g, 12h). Herakleopolites Nome. Dated RY 11 (AD 126/127). Laureate bust right, slight drapery / Griffin, as Nemesis, seated right with forepaw on wheel; L IA (date) across field, H[P]A in exergue. Köln 3398; Dattari (Savio) 6260; K&G N16.18; RPC III 5697/1 (this coin, illustrated on pl. 280, but not identified as being from the Herakleopolites nome); Emmett 1302.11; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 90 (this coin). Superb EF, attractive brown surfaces. Exceptional and in unobtainable condition. Most likely the finest known for any dichalkon of Hadrian.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Jean-Pierre Righetti Collection (Münzen & Medaillen Deutschland GmbH 12, with Nomos AG, 11 April 2003), lot 341; Kurpfälzische Münzhandlung 23 (7 December 1982), lot 129.