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Triton XXI, Lot: 133. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (34mm, 22.88 g, 12h). Dated RY 10 (AD 146/147). AVT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTωNЄINOC CЄB ЄVC, laureate head right / Isis Pharia sailing right, holding a sistrum with her right hand and a billowing sail with both of her hands; L ΔЄKA TOV (date) around. Köln 1550; Dattari (Savio) 2668; K&G 35.359; Emmett 1590.10; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 121 (this coin). EF, dark brown to black patina, minor roughness. Well centered and struck, which is unusual for this popular type.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Garth R. Drewry Collection (Triton VIII, 11 January 2005), lot 807.

The sistrum is present in Isis’ right hand on this specimen, partially obscured by the thick patina.