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Triton XXI, Lot: 180. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Faustina Junior. Augusta, AD 147-175. Æ Diobol (23mm, 7.53 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 of Marcus Aurelius (AD 162/163). ΦAYCTINA CЄBACTH, draped bust right, her hair tied up in a bun / Eagle standing left, head right, with closed wings; L Γ (date) across field. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 3638; K&G 38.2; Emmett 2317.3 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 180 (this coin). Good VF, lovely dark brown patina with traces of green. Extremely rare. Just as the hemidrachms, diobols of Faustina Junior are also extremely rare, with only two low grade specimens of any reverse type appearing at auction since 2000 (CNG 91, lot 792 and CNG E-Sale 291, lot 306).

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. 360 (27 April 1999), lot 709.