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Exceptional Otacilia Severa Tetradrachm

Triton XXI, Lot: 220. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249. Potin Tetradrachm (22mm, 12.67 g, 11h). Dated RY 5 of Philip I (AD 247/248). M ωT CЄOVHPA CЄ M CЄB, draped bust right, wearing stephane / Half-length figure of Roma facing, head left, her right hand raised in salute, holding a scepter with her left; L Є (date) to left. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 4994 (this coin); K&G 75.56; Emmett 3562.5 (R4 – citing Milne 3726); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 221 (this coin). Near EF, toned with nice silvering showing through. Extremely rare with a stunning reverse type. Exceptional detail on Roma’s tunic and cuirass.

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. 4994.

This exceptional reverse type is most certainly connected to the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome.