David Atherton Posted July 9, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 9, 2022 Recently, I was quite thrilled to find this 'Lycian' drachm struck under Domitian on Vcoins. Fine portrait style and an aesthetically pleasing reverse. What more could you want? Domitian AR Drachm, 3.28g Rome mint (for Lycia), 95 AD Obv: AYT KAIC ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: ЄTOYC IΔ YPATOY IZ; Caduceus between two lyres RPC 1503 (5 spec.). Acquired from Tom Vossen, June 2022. A small issue of drachms were struck by Domitian for Lycia in 95. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. These drachms were produced alongside Domitian's Roman style cistophori from the same year. Both issues share the same Macedonian silver content of 80% fineness. The drachms weighed about one third of a cistophorus and likely were valued accordingly. It is not known if the two denominations circulated together or separately. Because of the drachms similar weight and appearance with contemporary denarii, they appear in denarius hoards all over the empire and seemed to have circulated with them. Several reverse designs were employed, this drachm featuring two lyres is one of the more common types struck for the issue. Two is better than one indeed! Thanks for looking! 26 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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