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191, Lot: 158. Estimate $100.
Sold for $1112. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Domitia. Augusta, AD 82-96. Æ Hemidrachm (27mm, 13.48 g, 1h). Dated RY 11 of Domitian (AD 91/2). Draped bust left / Eirene standing left, holding caduceus and grain-ears; [L IA] (date) in field. RPC 2644; Köln -; Milne -; Dattari 629 = BMCS 2756; SNG France 1000; Emmett 357. Fair, green and brown patina. Extremely rare - one of perhaps only four known specimens.

From the J. S. Wagner Collection.

The only known examples are the Paris specimen, the Dattari specimen (now in the British Museum; also cited in Hill, JEA 8 [1922], p. 164), this coin, one other that was sold by Münzen und Medaillen in 1989 (MMAG list 338, 22), and perhaps one more which was mentioned in the Proceedings in NC 1911, p. 15, fig. 2: “Mr. F. A. Walters brought a fine specimen of the second brass coin of the Empress Domitia... of which only one other specimen in much poorer condition appears to be known.” This last coin is possibly the Dattari/BMC specimen.