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Triton XXI, Lot: 221. Estimate $300.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Philip II. AD 247-249. Potin Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.27 g, 11h). Dated RY 6 of Philip I (AD 248/249). A K M IOV ΦΙΛIΠΠΟC ЄVCЄ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Homonoia standing facing, head left, raising her right hand upward, holding a double cornucopia with her left; L ς (date) to left. Köln 2803 var. (obv. legend); Dattari (Savio) 5056 (this coin – obverse illustrated on pl. V and reverse illustrated on pl. XVI); K&G 76.62; Emmett 3593.6; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 222 (this coin). EF, toned with nice silvering showing through. While not a rare type, the quality of this specimen is outstanding for this period.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Kunst und Münzen AG XXII (2 April 1981), lot 426; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 5056.

In his book, Giovanni describes this coin as “Moneta di assoluto splendore: allo stato di zecca!” (Coin of absolute splendor: in mint state!).