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Triton XXI, Lot: 264. Estimate $500.
Sold for $750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (33mm, 20.90 g, 12h). Dated RY 17 (AD 113/114). AVT TPAIAN CЄB ΓЄPM ∆AKIK, radiate and heroic bust right, wearing aegis / Dioskouroi standing facing, heads vis-à-vis, each holding a parazonium with their inner hand and the bridle of their horse with their outer hand; [L I]Z (date) in exergue. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) –; K&G –; RPC III 4790.3/1 (this coin); Emmett 444.17; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 251 (this coin); Staffieri, “La ‘corona radiata’ sui ritratti dei bronzi imperiali alessandrini con catalogo regionata” (NACQT Vol. XLII, Lugano, 2013), pp. 121-144, 15a (this coin– illustrated). VF, reddish brown patina with touches of green, some roughness. Extremely rare, perhaps unique, with Trajan wearing a radiate crown. This is the only specimen cited by the authors of RPC.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Kölner Münzkabinett 67 (12 November 1997), lot 525.