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Domitian Provides Dinner

David Atherton

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A couple of days ago I shared a rare Vespasian lefty from Rome, today I'd like to journey to Alexandria and share this scarce Domitian lefty featuring a reverse you don't see everyday!



Æ Obol, 3.86
Alexandria mint, 91-92 AD
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ; Head of Domitian, wreathed with corn, l.
Rev: L ΙΑ; Modius between torches
RPC 2656 (2 spec.). Emmett 322h.11. Dattari-Savio 6778.
Ex Taters Relics, eBay, 10 June 2024.

An extremely scrace type from regnal year 11 with left facing bust. The modius (kalathos) was a measure of wheat and here symbolises the agricultural prosperity provided by the emperor. In keeping with the reverse's theme, Domitian on the obverse is wreathed in corn. Just two specimens in RPC's 'core' collections.

In hand.

Please feel free to share your coins related to food.

As always, thanks for looking!

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