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A Scarce Domitianic Obol From Alexandria

David Atherton

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I love the Alexandrian issues that were struck under Domitian. The shear variety of reverse types along with the improved style in the latter half of the reign makes them a joy to collect! My latest addition pays homage to the Ptolemaic dynasty.




Æ Obol, 4.09g
Alexandria mint, 92-93 AD
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ; Head of Domitian, laureate, l.
Rev: LΙB; Eagle standing facing, head l. (wings open)
RPC 2688 corr. (eagle’s head to left). Emmett 310.12. Dattari-Savio 6812.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, December 2022. Ex CNG E511, 9 March 2022, lot 281.

An extremely rare Alexandrian obol variant of the eagle reverse with left facing portrait. The reverse design is borrowed from earlier Greek coinages of Egypt. The eagle is the sacred animal of Zeus.

Feel free to post your eagles!

As always, thank you for looking!

NB: The printed version of RPC II erroneously describes the eagle's head as facing right. The online version corrects this error.


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On 12/20/2022 at 11:28 PM, David Atherton said:

Feel free to post your eagles!

Great coin and post, David — you certainly have a flair for finding fine Flavians 🙂 !


Here are my aquila adorned Antiochian tetradrachma featuring my one and only Flavian eagle.



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Hi @David Atherton,

That is a wonderful example of that coin. Below is mine, which is more worn and has an illegible date.


DOMITIAN (81 - 96 Sep 18 CE)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT Year 14 (094/095 CE)???

AE Obol
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 3.93 g
Axis: 00:00
Broucheion Collection R-1994-08-06.001

Obv: Domitian laureate head facing left. Legend: [AVTOKKAICA]P - ΔO[MITIANOCЄB]. Dotted border.
Rev: Eagle (Roman style) with spreading wings facing front with head turned to left. Date in exurge not visible. Plain border.
Refs: Emmett-310 (Year ?); Geissen-0417var Year; Dattari-591var Year 11; RPC II-2688/2716/2735 var: Year.
Note: RPC II-2688 (Online) = year 12; RPC II-2716 (Online) = year 14; RPC II-2735 (Online) = year 15 = Geissen-400

- Broucheion


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