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Domitian Diobol Ex: Dattari

Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96

Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),

Æ 24.7mm., 15.53g.

Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ;

Laureate head r.

Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.

RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin). Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.

Brown tone, Good Fine. From the Dattari collection.

Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305

This coin will win no beauty contests. It is a rare Diobol of Domitian struck in Alexandria. This coin does have a couple of things going for it. First of all it is Ex: Dattari. It was part of the famous Dattari collection of Alexandrian coins. In fact, it is the plate coin from the Dattari-Savio volume which documents the Dattari collection. It is also one of only 3 examples on RPC online. This coin is a cited example on RPC online.

I am trying to build a 4th 12 caesars collection with provincial coins. I am hoping to be able to do this with as many Alexandrian coins as possible. I have several other ex: Dattari coins in my collection, and I am always looking for more.

Though this is an admittedly rough example of this coin, that chances of finding another one are very slim. I therefore gladly accept this one into my collection.

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