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Domitius Domitianus was an usurper who briefly held power in Alexandria before being defeated by the Tetrarchs.
From the Aiello Collection.SH04595. Billon follis, RIC VI Alexandria 20, Choice VF, weight 7.4 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 295 - 296 A.D.; obverse IMP C L DOMITIVS DOMITIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing left, kalathos on head, holding patera and cornucopia, eagle at feet; A left, ALE in exergue; turquoise patina, some silvering; very rare; SOLD
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D., Struck For Diocletian by the Usurper Domitius Domitianus
"This reverse is modeled after the famous statue of the Spirit of the Roman People in the Roman Forum. It is unclear when this statue was last seen as it is now lost. Although the coins celebrate a wide range of spirits (e.g., Rome, Augustus, the Army, etc.), the basic design comes from the same statue...The act of pouring the libation to the emperor illustrates what the Christians were required to do in order not to be persecuted." -- Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity 294-364 A.D. by Victor FailmezgerRB67062. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Alexandria 18a, Cohen VI 114, SRCV IV 12801, VF, excellent centering, weight 8.183 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Alexandria mint, 295 - 296 A.D.; obverse IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for cloak over shoulders, kalathos on head, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, eagle left at feet on left, B in right field, ALE in exergue; SOLD
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