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Triton XXI, Lot: 140. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (34mm, 26.83 g, 12h). Dated RY 18 (AD 154/155). AY TI AI A∆P ANTωNINOC CЄ B ЄY, laureate bust right, slight drapery / Poseidon standing right, left foot on rock with chlamys draped over his thigh, holding trident with his right hand and a dolphin in his left; L I H (date) across field. Köln 1743-4; Dattari (Savio) 8657-8; K&G 35.655; Emmett 1642.18; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 125 (this coin). Good VF, dark brown patina with touches of green and red. Rare type, only issued by Pius for four regnal years (5, 16, 18 and 21). Well centered on a nice flan.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Spink & Son, London, November 1974.

A common, iconic reverse type, but in uncommon condition.