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A Rare Domitian Hermes Diobol

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The title says it all - it's not a variety you come across very often. The portrait is rather stylish and the anatomically correct Hermes is icing on the cake!


Æ Diobol, 7.60g
Alexandria mint, 91-92 AD
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ; Head of Domitian, wreathed with corn, r.
Rev: LΙΑ; Hermes standing, l., with corn-ears and caduceus
RPC 2640 (1 spec.). Emmett -. Dattari-Savio 6745.
Ex Naville Auction 88, 7 April 2024, lot 240.

An extremely rare diobol featuring Hermes on the reverse, fleetingly struck in regnal year 11 (91-92 AD). The Greeks equated the Egyptian god Thoth with Hermes. Like Thoth, Hermes was often a guide, a messenger, and an espouser of wit and learning.
The wreath of corn ears Domitian is wearing on the obverse, along with the corn ears and caduceus Hermes is holding on the reverse, symbolise a profitable and stable grain supply. Missing from most major collections, only six specimens are recorded in the RPC online database.

In hand.


Thank you for looking!

Edited by David Atherton
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3 hours ago, Ancient Coin Hunter said:

Nice style David and we don't get to see Hermes on coins very often, good pick-up! May be an early reference to Hermes Trimegistus, or Thrice Holy Hermes which had its origins in Egypt.

You could be correct!

And it is neat to see Hermes represented on a coin. If anyone wishes to share their Hermes coins, please feel free to do so!

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