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Triton XXI, Lot: 266. Estimate $200.
Sold for $170. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (33mm, 21.03 g, 12h). Dated RY 17 (AD 113/114). AVT T [PAIAN CЄB] ΓЄPM ∆AKIK, radiate and heroic bust right, wearing aegis / Zeus, holding a scepter with his right hand, reclining left on the wings of an eagle, head left, standing facing on thunderbolt; L I Z (date) across upper field. Köln 657; Dattari (Savio) –; K&G –; RPC III 4816.5/2 (this coin); Emmett 616.17; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 254 (this coin); Staffieri, “La ‘corona radiata’ sui ritratti dei bronzi imperiali alessandrini con catalogo regionata” (NACQT Vol. XLII, Lugano, 2013), pp. 121-144, 19 (= Köln 657). Fine, dark brown patina with touches of red, some scratches and smoothing. Extremely rare. The authors of RPC cite just two coins: the specimen in the Köln collection; and this coin.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Frank Sternberg, Zürich, 1986.