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10700089
Triton XXI, Lot: 89. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Drachm (36mm, 28.56 g, 12h). Dated RY 20 (AD 135/136). [AVT KAIC T]PAIAN • AΔPIANO[C CЄB], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Ram, wearing crown composed of two uraei and disk, standing right before altar; above, draped bust right of Sarapis wearing kalathos; L K (date) across upper field. Köln 1206; Dattari (Savio) 1825 (this coin – reverse illustrated on pl. XXII); K&G 32.715; RPC III 6110/15 (this coin); Emmett 1028.20 (R2); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 82 (this coin). VF, reddish brown and green patina. A one-year type coin for Hadrian.


From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Dr. Piero Beretta, Milan, October 1972. Ex Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1825.

An interesting type that is often misidentified as a ‘Zodiac’ type (Aries). Unlike the coin in lot 87, with Zeus-Sarapis riding a ram, this is the more commonly encountered type depicting Sarapis in combination with Ammon or Khnum.