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Triton XXI, Lot: 188. Estimate $300.
Sold for $225. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Commodus. AD 177-192. BI Tetradrachm (27mm, 11.36 g, 12h). Dated RY 25 of Marcus Aurelius (AD 184/185). M A KOM ANT CЄB ЄVCЄB, laureate head right / Commodus, in priestly attire, standing facing, head left, before bust of Sarapis set right on low cippus; Commodus is sacrificing over lighted altar at his feet; K Є (date) across field, L in exergue. Köln 2218; Dattari (Savio) 3848 var. (obv. legend); K&G 41.63; Emmett 2529.25 (R5 – citing Köln 2218); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 188 (this coin). Good VF, toned with patches of find patina, minor roughness. Extremely rare for this regnal year, as the type is usually seen only for RY 24. Struck on a broad flan.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 41 (19 March 1997), lot 1294.