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Triton XXI, Lot: 68. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Diobol (25mm, 8.40 g, 10h). Dated RY 15 (AD 130/131). AVT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Hadrian, raising his right hand in salute and holding a scepter with his left, seated left on galley sailing left under direction of helmsman; vexillum on front deck, L I E (date) across upper field. Köln 1032; Dattari (Savio) 1582 (this coin – reverse illustrated on pl. VII); K&G 32.513; RPC III 5785/29 (this coin); Emmett 1127.15; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 86 (this coin). Choice EF, reddish brown patina with touches of green. A common type, but in an uncommon state of preservation.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Dr. Piero Beretta, Milan, October 1972. Ex Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1582.

A popular type that was minted during Hadrian’s time in Egypt.