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Triton XXI, Lot: 64. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Diobol (24mm, 10.12 g, 11h). Dated RY 14 (AD 129/130). AVT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Harpokrates of Alexandria standing right, nude but for chlamys on his left shoulder and crown of two uraei and disk, raising his right finger to his mouth and supporting a cornucopia on a column before him; to right, Egyptian altar on base. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 1724 (this coin – reverse illustrated on pl. XIV); K&G 32.495; RPC III 5753/6 (this coin); Emmett 1132.14 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 85 (this coin). Good VF, reddish brown surfaces with a couple spots of green. Extremely rare. The authors of RPC cite seven examples, four of which are in museum or institutional collections.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Dr. Piero Beretta, Milan, October 1976. Ex Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1724.

On this extremely rare type, Harpokrates is portrayed as a child, but also he is still “the mystical-virtual son of Isis and Osiris.”