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Triton XXI, Lot: 114. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $2750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (33mm, 25.16 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 (AD 139/140). AVT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTωNINOC ЄVC CЄB, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / M AVPHΛIOC KAIC, Marcus Aurelius on horseback right, bareheaded, wearing chlamys and holding short scepter with his right hand; in exergue, L Γ (date). Köln 1324 (same dies); Dattari (Savio) 2119; K&G 35.58 (this coin illustrated); Emmett 1605.3 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 112 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with earthen highlights/deposits. Extremely rare, with none appearing on CoinArchives.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Kerry K. Wetterstrom Collection (Classical Numismatic Auctions XIII, 4 December 1990), lot 90; Schweizerischer Kreditanstalt 5 (18 April 1986), lot 426.

The figure of the “princeps juventutis” on horseback on this extremely rare type is that of Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, on the occasion of his first consulate in January of AD 141.