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Triton XXI, Lot: 270. Estimate $750.
Sold for $450. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Hemidrachm (29mm, 14.98 g, 12h). Dated RY 5 (AD 141/142). [AV]T K T AIΛ A∆[P] ANTωNIN[OC Є VC]ЄB, radiate head right / Isis Pharia sailing right, holding a sistrum with her right hand and a billowing sail with both of her hands; [L] Є (date) across field. Köln 1396 (same dies); Dattari (Savio) 2664 var. (position of date); K&G 35.170; Emmett 1724.5 (R3); Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 258 (this coin); Staffieri, “La ‘corona radiata’ sui ritratti dei bronzi imperiali alessandrini con catalogo regionata” (NACQT Vol. XLII, Lugano, 2013), pp. 121-144, 45b (this coin). Good VF, attractive reddish brown patina with touches of green. Very rare variety, with only three examples, including this coin, appearing at auction since 2000.

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. 406 (25 April 2012), lot 632.