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Sabina as Demeter

CNG 111, Lot: 582. Estimate $300.
Sold for $360. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Sabina. Augusta, AD 128-136/7. BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.18 g, 12h). Dated RY 15 (AD 130/131). CABINA CЄBACTH, draped bust right, wearing stephane / CABЄINA CЄBACTH, Sabina, as Demeter, seated left, holding two grain ears with her extended right hand and a long scepter with her left; L IE (date) in upper left field. Köln 1263-4; Dattari (Savio) 2061; K&G 33.2; RPC III 5773; Emmett 1334.15. Near VF, toned. Attractive surfaces for issue.

From the New Orleans Collection.

The reverse of this scarce issue depicts Sabina as Demeter (or perhaps Isis-Demeter if she is wearing an Isis crown instead of a stephane). It is also interesting to note the difference in the spelling of her name between the obverse and reverse (CABINA versus CABЄINA), which clearly indicates a lack of consistency among the engravers.