David Atherton Posted June 10, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 10, 2022 (edited) I simply love the coins struck at Alexandria during the Flavian era, especially those of Domitian. My latest coin is a good example why! Domitian Æ Obol, 4.49g Alexandria mint, 90-91 AD Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r. Rev: LΙ; Hippopotamus, r.RPC 2591 (0 spec.). Emmett 320.10. Dattari-Savio 615. Acquired from London Ancient Coins, May 2022. Ex Naville Numismatics 72, 27 March 2022, lot 254. The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was this ethnic hippopotamus reverse that had previously been struck under the Julio-Claudians. The hippo in local Egyptian mythology was a potent symbol of prosperity, rebirth, and regeneration. In the days of the pharaohs the killing of a hippo was symbolic of courage and strength. Hippo hunts were necessary due to the animal's habit of grazing and destroying precious crops. Today the Nile hippopotamus is extinct in Egypt. This Domitanic hippo obol is extremely rare, likely due to it being sparingly struck for just a couple of issues. Feel free to show off your hippos, Alexandrian coins, or anything else you think appropriate. Thanks for looking! Edited June 10, 2022 by David Atherton 23 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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