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A Rare Domitian Tetradrachm From Alexandria

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Domitian's tetradrachms struck at Alexandria are notoriously rare and, unlike the bronze issues, were produced very sparingly. They are not seen in trade regularly and when encountered are often overpriced. I was lucky enough to come across this fine example with a neat pedigree offered at an acceptable price.


AR Tetradrachm, 11.34g
Alexandria mint, 88-89 AD
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: L Η; Athena stg. l., with shield, holding a Nike with palm and wreath
RPC 2548 (1 spec.). Emmett 237.8. Dattari-Savio 435bis.
Ex Harlan J Berk BBS 228, 30 July 2024, lot 561. Ex Peter Lowrek Collection. Ex Beast Coins. Ex Keith Emmett Collection. Ex Harlan J Berk December 1993. Ex 'Famous French Collection'.

Domitian's Alexandrian tetradrachms are extremely rare, struck sporadically between regnal years 2-8. This example featuring Domitian's patron deity Athena (Minerva) on the reverse is from the last issue of tetradrachms struck in regnal year 8. It has the notable distinction of being from the Keith Emmett collection.

In hand.


As always, thank you for looking!

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