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Triton XXI, Lot: 190. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Diobol (24mm, 13.76 g, 12h). Dated RY 27 of Marcus Aurelius (AD 186/187). M A KOM ANTω CЄB ЄYCЄB, laureate head right / Agathodaimon serpent erect right, wearing skhent, with a caduceus and grain ear in its coils; L Λ (date) across field. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 9666 (this coin); K&G 41.128; Emmett 2579.30 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 192 (this coin). EF, attractive reddish brown patina with traces of green. Extremely rare, with only two known specimens, both originally from the Dattari collection: this coin and Dattari 3954.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Athos Moretti, Bellinzona, May 1987. Ex Athos Moretti Collection (Bellinzona); Giuseppe Nascia Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 9666.

Keith Emmett also lists this type for Commodus’ regnal year 33, and cites a coin in the collection of the American Numismatic Society (1944.100.61909).