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A Domitian Eutheria/Abundantia Drachm


David Atherton

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A neat little new coin to share with you all this morning - a Domitian Caesar Eutheria/Abundantia drachm. Not one you see everyday!

 

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Domitian as Caesar [Vespasian]
AR Drachm, 2.94g
Caesarea (Cappadocia) mint, 76-77 AD
Obv: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΟΥ ΥΙΟϹ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ƐΥΘΗΝΙΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ ƐΤ Θ; Eutheria/Abundantia seated, r., holding two corn-ears in r. hand
RPC 1656 (3 spec.).
Acquired from David Connors, June 2023

Vespasian's Cappadocian silver issues were struck in two distinct styles: Roman (six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (twelve o'clock die axis). Unsurprisingly, the Roman style coins were struck at Rome and sent to Cappadocia to help supplement the locally produced pieces. The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck locally, very likely in Caesarea. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver was produced at nearly 50% fineness. This rare drachm struck for Domitian Caesar in 'local' style features Eutheria the goddess or personified spirit (daimona) of prosperity and abundance.

 

In hand.

 

Do you have a similar type? I would love to see it!

As always, thank you for looking!

Edited by David Atherton
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