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Triton XXI, Lot: 268. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Drachm (33mm, 14.37 g, 12h). Dated RY 8 (AD 123/124). [ΑΥΤ KAI] ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙ[Α CЄΒ], radiate bust right, wearing aegis / Euthenia reclining left on androsphinx, holding two grain ears with her right hand, leaning on androsphinx with her left arm; L H (date) to left. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 1706 var. (position of date), 1716 & 7639 var. (same); K&G 32.266; RPC III 5450/9 (this coin – mistakenly identified as Dattari 7639); Emmett 969.8 (R3); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 256 (this coin); Staffieri, “La ‘corona radiata’ sui ritratti dei bronzi imperiali alessandrini con catalogo regionata” (NACQT Vol. XLII, Lugano, 2013), pp. 121-144, 24d (this coin – illustrated). Good VF, brown surfaces with touches of green. Exceptional for the issue. The authors of RPC cite nine specimens for this very rare type.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Tony Hardy Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 67, 22 September 2004), lot 1168.

When this very rare coin appeared in our Auction 67, we commented: “The module is that of the standard Alexandrian drachm, but the weight is more in keeping with a hemidrachm.”