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My Wife is visiting her Sister in Germany this week and ordered a coin from Marti Classical Numismatics to be delivered while she was away. A complete surprise to me when it arrived this morning,  as she explained.

Diocletian AD 284-305. Potin Tetradrachm (19.5mm, 7.38 g.)
Egypy, Alexandria mint, dated RY 6 (AD 290/1).
Obv. A K G OYA ΔIOKΛHTIANOC CEB, laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev. Eirene looking left, holding branch and scepter, leaning on a lituus shaped column, SL (date) across field. No reverse legend.
Attractive brown patina.
Very rare leaning and SL instead of LS

 

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Nice!

 

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Diocletian (284 - 305 A.D.)

Egypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: DIOKLHTIANOC CEB; Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
R:  Elpis advancing left, holding flower and hem; D in exergue, L ENATOV (date) around.
Alexandria mint, 292/293 A.D.
20mm
7.89g
 Köln 3262; Dattari 5677; Milne 5086; Emmett 4046

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28 minutes ago, expat said:

My Wife is visiting her Sister in Germany this week and ordered a coin from Marti Classical Numismatics to be delivered while she was away. A complete surprise to me when it arrived this morning,  as she explained.

Diocletian AD 284-305. Potin Tetradrachm (19.5mm, 7.38 g.)
Egypy, Alexandria mint, dated RY 6 (AD 290/1).
Obv. A K G OYA ΔIOKΛHTIANOC CEB, laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev. Eirene looking left, holding branch and scepter, leaning on a lituus shaped column, SL (date) across field. No reverse legend.
Attractive brown patina.
Very rare leaning and SL instead of LS

 

9eqED2so3zFdQ6nYswT75GEgr4HBLb.jpg

Nice gift with an attractive reverse!

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Here's another of Alexandria but of tetrarchic style...note that DN (Dominus Noster, e.g. "Our Lord") is used rather than IMP (erator) in the legend.

 

Diocletian (A.D. 284-305)

AE Follis Weight: 6.90 grams Diameter: 23 mm

Mint: Follis struck at Alexandria (ALE Mintmark) between 308 and 310, after his abdication.

Obverse: DN DIOCLETIANO BAEATISS, laurel-wreathed bust right wearing mantle, holding olive branch and holding mappa in the other hand.

Reverse: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM, Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies, standing left, holding branch and sceptre.

Reference: Sear 12922, RIC VI Alexandria 80 corr. 

 

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Great coin, @expat.  Your wife is very thoughtful.  That "lituus-shaped column" is interesting - that is what it looks like.  I have one (with the more common placement of the date - I think mine has a lituus-column too, although mine is engraved sloppier than yours, so it is hard to tell - looks more like drapery on mine:

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Egypt  Potin Tetradrachm Diocletian Year 6 (289/290 A.D.) Alexandria Mint [AKG OYA] ΔIOKΛHTIAN[OC] laureate and cuirassed bust right / Eirene standing left, holding olive branch & sceptre, LS in left field. Dattari 5658; Emmett 4045; Milne 4924. (6.84 grams / 17 mm) eBay Sep. 2020

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6 minutes ago, Marsyas Mike said:

Great coin, @expat.  Your wife is very thoughtful.  That "lituus-shaped column" is interesting - that is what it looks like.  I have one (with the more common placement of the date - I think mine has a lituus-column too, although mine is engraved sloppier than yours, so it is hard to tell - looks more like drapery on mine:

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Egypt  Potin Tetradrachm Diocletian Year 6 (289/290 A.D.) Alexandria Mint [AKG OYA] ΔIOKΛHTIAN[OC] laureate and cuirassed bust right / Eirene standing left, holding olive branch & sceptre, LS in left field. Dattari 5658; Emmett 4045; Milne 4924. (6.84 grams / 17 mm) eBay Sep. 2020

My Wife said she chose it because of the column. She couldn't find anything to assume it was anything other than lituus shaped,

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For her price is far above rubies. 

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3273 A. Potin tetradrachm Diocletianus 292/3. Alexandria. 19 mm, 6.90 gr. Dated RY 11 (AD 294/5). Obv.: Laureate and cuirassed bust right. ΔIOKΛHTIANOC CEB. Rev.: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm; L IA (date) across field. 

 

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What a great act of love, @expat! She's a keeper!

I have a couple of Diocletians from Alexandria, too.

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Diocletian, AD 284-305.
Roman billon tetradrachm, 19.2 mm, 7.24 g, 12 h.
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 285-6.
Obv: Α Κ Γ ΟVΑΛ ΔΙΟΚΛΗΤΙΑΝΟC CЄΒ, laureate and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: Athena seated left, holding Nike and resting on scepter, shield at side; L B (= regnal year 2) in field.
Refs: Dattari 5638; BMCG 2485; Milne 4765; Cologne 3211; RCV 12856.

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Diocletian, AD 284-305.
Roman billon tetradrachm, 19.1 mm, 6.91 g, 12 h.
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 286-7.
Obv: Α Κ Γ ΟVΑΛ ΔΙΟΚΛΗΤΙΑΝΟC CЄΒ, laureate head, right.
Rev: Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae; L Γ (=regnal year 3) behind.
Refs: Dattari 5755; BMCG 2524; Milne 4821; Cologne 3230; RCV 12865; Curtis 2025; MRKA 1261; Emmett 4082.

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4 hours ago, Roman Collector said:

What a great act of love, @expat! She's a keeper!



 

She never fails to amaze me. She has next to no interest in ancient or medieval coinage, but manages to choose an emperor I didn't have and also with an interesting reverse.

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Hi All,

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DIOCLETIAN (ca Sep 284 - ca Apr 305 CE)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT Year 12 (29 Aug 295 - 28 Aug 296 CE)

Bi Tetradrachm
Size: 19 mm
Weight: 6.77 g
Axis: 0
Broucheion Collection R-2017-01-22.001

Obv: Diocletian laureate cuirased bust facing right. Legend: ΔIOKΛHTI - ANOCCЄB. Dotted border.
Rev: Serapis bust wearing himation, modius on head, facing right. In Left field: LI; In right field: Star (*) over B above palm frond. Dotted border
Refs: Emmett-4074 var (No star above B); Geissen-3275 var (No star, has palm, date placement; Dattari-5744 var (No star above B); Curtis-2018 var (No star/Date placement); BMC-Unlisted.
Prov: Ex Naville Numismatics (London, UK): Live Auction 28 (22 Jan 2017), Lot #302.

- Broucheion

 

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