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Unique Caracalla Diobol

Triton XXI, Lot: 196. Estimate $500.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ Diobol (23mm, 9.08 g, 12h). Dated RY 8 of Septimius Severus (AD 199/200). [AYT K M] AYPHΛ ANTω NINOC [CЄB], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Caracalla on horseback right, holding a scepter with his left hand over his left shoulder, raising his right hand in salute; L H (date) below. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) –; K&G –; Emmett –; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 197 (this coin). Near VF, thick, dark green to black patina with traces of red. Unique.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Paul-Francis Jacquier 38 (13 September 2013), lot 252.

This unique diobol of Caracalla shares a common reverse design with a diobol of his younger brother, Geta, also struck in regnal year 8, which may also be unique (Dattari 4081; Emmett 2810.8 [R5 – citing Dattari 4081]).