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Saturn in Capricorn

Triton XXI, Lot: 128. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (34mm, 26.55 g, 12h). Zodiac series. Dated RY 8 (AD 144/145). A[VT] K T AIΛ A∆P ANTω[NЄ]INOC CЄB ЄYC, laureate head right / Saturn in Capricorn – Capricorn seated right; above, veiled and draped bust of Kronos (Saturn) right with solar disk atop head, falx (sickle) behind shoulder; star of eight rays to right; L H (date) below. Köln 1504 (same dies); Dattari (Savio) 2977; K&G 35.273; Emmett 1598.8 (R3); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 148 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with patches of green, minor roughness. Very rare. Only two inferior specimens have been sold at auction since 2000.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Numismatica Aretusa SA (Lugano–Franco Chiesa), 24 September 1980.