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Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 485. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 January 2008. 
Sold For $2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LYDIA, Magnesia ad Sipylum. Severus Alexander. AD 222-235. Æ Medallion (36mm, 20.13 g, 6h). Aur. Tychicus, grammateus. AYT K M • AYP CEY H • ALEXANDROC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / MAGNH T WN EP I GR AVP • TVXIK/OV •, Zeus Nikephorus seated left on stool. Imhoof-Blumer, Lydische -; SNG München -; SNG von Aulock -; BMC -; SNG Copenhagen -; Mionnet III 671. Good VF, black-green patina with dusty earthen overtones. Extremely rare, only the third example of this type known.

Apart from the Paris specimen published by Mionnet, the only other published example of the type, though with a different placement of the reverse legend, appeared in the Consul Eduard Friedrich Weber Collection (J. Hirsch XXIV, 10 May 1909), lot 2880, with the reverse illustrated on pl. XXXIX of the catalog.