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Triton XXI, Lot: 139. Estimate $300.
Sold for $230. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Diobol (24mm, 9.03 g, 11h). Dated RY 17 (AD 153/154). [AVT K] T AIΛI ∆P (sic) ANTωNINOC [CЄB], laureate bust right, slight drapery / Winged caduceus; L I Z (date) across field. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 8878 var. (obv. bust type); K&G 35.623 var. (obv. bust type and legend); Emmett 1739.17 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 131 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with touches of green and red. Extremely rare type.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. 406 (25 April 2012), lot 642.

While not a rare type in general, it is rare for Antoninus Pius on a diobol. According to Emmett, he issued it for his regnal years 12, 13, 16, 17, and 18, and Emmett gives all five of these years an R5 rarity rating.