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Coin ID #10486

Nikomedeia (AD 81-96) AE 26 - Domitian

Domitian, 81-96 AD. AE26 (12.41g, 12h). ΑΥΤ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡ, laureate bare bust right / Η ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΩΤΗ ΒΙΘΥΝΙΑ, Demeter standing left, holding corn ears and long scepter, in a biga of winged snakes. Extremely rare (2 recorded examples per RPC II).

This rare example from Nicomedia, Bithynia, commemorates the cult of Demeter and Asclepius. This city was known to have struck extensive coinage throughout the Julio-Claudian and Flavian eras, but few examples survive. Dark brown patina with contrasts; reverse flatly struck, as is typical of the two surviving examples from this city.

File information
Filename:RP657c.jpg
City/Mint name:Nikomedeia
Keywords:roman / bronze
References:RPC II, 657(2); REC. 31
Valuation:$5.00 (found in an uncleaned lot of Balkan provincial coins, purchased 2002). True value not established due to rarity of the coin.
Photo courtesy of:Robert Effler
Filesize:307 KiB
Date added:Jun 12, 2013
Dimensions:902 x 439 pixels
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