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Triton XXI, Lot: 136. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (34mm, 20.73 g, 12h). Dated RY 14 (AD 150/151). AVT K [T] AIΛIΛ (sic) A∆P ANTωNINOC CЄ B ЄVC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left / Eirene standing facing. head left, holding two grain ears with her right hand and a caduceus with her left; L I ∆ (date) across field. Köln 1657 var. (placement of date); Dattari (Savio) 8402 (this coin); K&G 35.510; Emmett 1500.14; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 123 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with touches of green and red. Rare type, only issued by Pius for three regnal years (2, 14, and 15).

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Kunst und Münzen AG FPL 55 (December 1984), lot 388; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 8402.

On the reverse of this lovely drachm, we have a syncretic image of Eirene (Pax or Peace), where she is given the grain ears of Euthenia. It is also interesting to note the celator’s error in the obverse legend, where the letters IΛ are repeated.