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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 725. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BITHYNIA, Tius. Antinoüs, favorite of Hadrian. Died 130 AD. Æ 33mm (25.32 gm). ANTINOWI HRWI, bare head left / TIANOI, Antinous, half-draped, seated right on low garlanded platform, holding sistrum in upraised hand. Blum pg. 46, 2; Waddington, RG pg. 620, 39; BMC Pontus pg. 204, 5; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG von Aulock -. Fine, olive green patina with reddish highlights, small pit on edge. ($3000)

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 21 (17 May 2001), lot 459.

The object held by Antinous on the reverse is variously described as a caduceus, aplustre, or a pedum. Keeping in mind the close connection of the worship of Antinous with Egyptian cult practices, a more likely identification would be a sistrum.