David Atherton Posted November 24, 2022 · Member Share Posted November 24, 2022 One of the most intriguing problems in Flavian coinage is the identification of a mystery mint that struck Latin coins late in Titus's reign and early into Domitian's. The coins themselves have a unique style that is quite pleasing. I am always happy to add one to the collection! Domitian as Caesar [Titus] Æ Dupondius/As, 12.76g Eastern mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD Obv: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l., holding corn-ears and torch RIC 512 (C). BMC spec. acquired 1988. BNC -. RPC 508. Acquired from Ken Dorney, November 2022. Late in Titus's reign an unidentified mint struck a series of imperial bronze coins. They can be distinguished from the products of Rome by style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, massive reverse figures), fabric (flat or convex flans), and distribution (Balkans). Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region during Titus' reign prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issue consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome. Dupondii and asses shared the same reverse designs for Domitian as Caesar, making it sometimes difficult to distinguish them. This CERES AVGVST specimen's heavy weight, large diameter, and brass composition undoubtedly favours it to be a dupondius. As always, thanks for looking! 20 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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