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Stunning Geta Tetradrachm

Triton XXI, Lot: 198. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Geta. As Caesar, AD 198-209. BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 14.68 g, 12h). Dated RY 9 of Septimius Severus (AD 200/201). [Π CЄ]ΠTIMIOC ΓЄTAC KAICA[P], bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Eagle standing right, head left with a wreath in its beak, wings closed; L Θ (date) to left. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 9790 (this coin); K&G 53.3 var. (obv. bust type); Emmett 2795.9 (R5); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 198 (this coin). Near EF, toned. Extremely rare with wonderful metal quality for the issue. Most likely the finest of the three known specimens. The only comparable Geta tetradrachm to appear at auction since 2000 was sold by Roma Numismatics in 2015 (Auction X, lot 627). It was the same type, but dated RY 10.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Renzo Canavesi, Sagno, 1996. Ex Renzo Canavesi Collection (Sagno); Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 9790.