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Alexandrian Dolphin and Anchor Obol

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Alexandrian reverse types under the Flavians typically displayed both ethnic and Greek themes, sometimes both (Sarapis). My latest coin from Alexandria has a decidedly 'Greek' reverse. I think it's quite fetching.


Æ Obol, 5.12g
Alexandria mint, 91-92 AD
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: LΙA; Dolphin coiled round anchor
RPC 2649 (13 spec.). Emmett 308.11. Dattari-Savio 600.
Acquired from Herakles, January 2024. Ex Naville Auction 76, 2 October 2022, lot 183.

A decently rare Alexandrian obol from Domitian's regnal year 11. The dolphin is the totem animal of Poseidon and likely can be viewed in that context here. One cannot help but be reminded of an identical dolphin and anchor pulvinar type struck previously by Titus and Domitian between 80-82 at Rome on the denarius.
This coin is cited in the RPC online database. https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coin/438475

In hand.


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