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Triton XXI, Lot: 112. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (35mm, 25.45 g, 12h). Dated RY 2 (AD 138/139). AV T K T AIΛ A∆P ANTωNINOC ЄVCЄB, bareheaded bust right, slight drapery / Tyche reclining left on lectisternium (couch), holding rudder with her right hand, resting her left elbow on pile of pillows and propping her head on hand; L B (date) above. Köln 1312-3 var. (obv. bust type); Dattari (Savio) 8765 (this coin, obv. photo is incorrect in the plates); K&G 35.33 var. (same); Emmett 1687.2; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 111 (this coin). EF, attractive reddish brown patina with touches of green. Another early portrait of exquisite execution, which is far superior to any at auction since 2000 for this regnal year.

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. 8765.