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Triton XXI, Lot: 78. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Drachm (36mm, 24.14 g, 12h). Dated RY 18 (AD 133/134). AVT KAIC TPAIAN A∆PIANOC CЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Draped busts of Sarapis, wearing modius, and Isis, wearing crown of disk and horns, vis-à-vis; between them, a figure of Harpokrates standing left, holding hand to mouth; all set on eagle standing facing, head and tail left, with wings displayed; L IH (date) across lower field. Köln 1129; Dattari (Savio) 1843 (this coin – reverse illustrated on pl. XXIII of 1901 catalogue); K&G 32.594; RPC III 5902/8 (this coin); Emmett 1041.18 (R4); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 73 (this coin). Good VF, dark reddish brown surfaces with touches of green, some minor roughness, small pit on the head of Isis. Extremely rare, probably one the finest examples known. A wonderful depiction of the pantheon of Sarapis, Isis, and Harpokrates, which Dattari chose to illustrate the type in the 1901 catalogue of his collection.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Renzo Canavesi, Sagno, 1996. Ex Renzo Canavesi Collection (Sagno); Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1843.