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RPC-1978-Domitian
AR Tetradrachm
Antioch mint, 88-89 AD
RPC 1978 (7 spec.)
Obv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM; Bust of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY H; Eagle with wings spread on thunderbolt to r.; in r. field, palm branch
Acquired from MŁnzhandlung Ritter, April 2015.

This tetradrachm of Domitian from Antioch was struck in "New Holy Year 8" of his reign and represents an excellent example in fine Antioch style. Earlier Domitian tetradrachms were either struck or engraved in Alexandria in a slightly cruder fashion. These year 8 tetradrachms are artistically much more pleasing. RPC speculates the whole Domitianic series is "Alexandrian". It's of interest to note that the Alexandrian coinage underwent a vast stylistic improvement around year 10 or 11, perhaps corresponding with the better style seen in the Antiochene tets from year 8 onward. The use of "Σ" instead of "C" is an Alexandrian trait as well.

A lovely regal portrait with beautiful chocolate toning.
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Album name:David Atherton / Flavian Provincial Silver
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Sam  [Apr 14, 2015 at 01:32 AM]
Spectacular one !
Jay GT4  [Apr 14, 2015 at 02:36 AM]
Great style and toning
quadrans  [Apr 14, 2015 at 05:00 AM]
Nice piece.
FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 14, 2015 at 09:23 AM]
Very well toned example.
Nemonater  [Apr 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM]
I love the chocolate toning. Excellent coin.
Charles S  [Apr 18, 2015 at 11:28 AM]
Great coin !
ancientdave  [Apr 30, 2015 at 05:57 AM]
A really cool coin! Congrats.