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Rare Pylon Drachm From the Dattari Collection


EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (35mm, 30.23 g, 12h). Dated RY 12 (AD 108/109). [AVT] TPAIAN CЄB ΓEPM ∆AK[IK], laureate bust right, wearing aegis / Pylon (entryway) of an Egyptian temple with a wide door or gate; in the center of the pylon above the gate, a facing statue of Isis wearing headdress and holding long scepter or torch; L I-B (date, which is retrograde) to either side of pylon. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 1163 (this coin); K&G 27.182; RPC III 4330.2/5 (this coin); Emmett 521.12. Dark brown patina with touches of green, light smoothing on the obverse. VF. Rare, one of the finest known for this popular architectural type.

Ex Günther Schlüter Collection (Chairman of the German Numismatic Society from 1975-1977), Berlin; previously acquired in 1970 from Peus, Frankfurt am Main; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1163.

This type appears to be rarer than indicated in Emmett, where it is given an “R1” rating. The authors of RPC list only fifteen examples for both obverse types (4330.2 and 4330.3), many of which are in museum or institutional collections.