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Triton XXI, Lot: 100. Estimate $500.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria (possibly struck at Antinoöpolis). Antinoüs. Died AD 130. PB Tessera (17mm, 3.04 g, 6h). Dated RY 20 of an uncertain period. Draped bust right, wearing hem-hem crown, caduceus behind his shoulder; L K (date) to right / Half-length figure of Nilus facing, head right. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 2092 (this piece, illustrated on pl. II); K&G –; RPC III –; Emmett –; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 100 (this piece). VF, muddy brown patina, some roughness. Extremely rare.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Triton VII (13 January 2004), lot 736; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 2092.

When this lead token appeared in our Triton VII auction in 2004, we described it as ex Dattari Collection based on the “poor photographic reproduction of a cast on plate II in the catalogue of his collection,” which was of the obverse only. With the publication of the Dattari-Savio plates of Dattari’s entire collection, which contains both obverse and reverse photos of pencil rubbings, we can now confirm the Dattari provenance.