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Triton XXI, Lot: 138. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (36mm, 31.46 g, 12h). Dated RY 17 (AD 153/154). AVT K [T AIΛ] A∆P ANTωNINOC C ЄB ЄVC, laureate and draped bust left / Sarapis-Agathodaimon erect right on ground line, two grain ears in its coils; L I Z (date) across field. Köln 1721 var. (obv. bust type and placement of date); Dattari (Savio) 8688 (this coin); K&G 35.594 var. (same); Emmett 1678.17; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 120 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with touches of green. Very rare, and exceptional for the type.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Greenpoint Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 91, 19 September 2012), lot 779; West Coast/Lloyd Beauchaine Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 41, 19 March 1997), lot 1185; Auctiones AG 17 (7 June 1988), lot 411; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 8688.

Another syncretic representation of Sarapis, this time combined with the “good serpent” Agathodaimon.