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Ex Philip DeVicci Collection

CNG 111, Lot: 604. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Domitius Domitianus. Usurper, AD 297-298. Potin Octadrachm (22.5mm, 11.27 g, 12h). Dated RY 2 (AD 297/298). Radiate head right / Serapis standing right, raising right arm, holding scepter with left; palm frond to left, L B (date) to right. Köln 3367; Dattari (Savio) 10822-3 & 10826-7; K&G 126.2; Emmett 4241.2. VF, dark green and brown patina, a few old cleaning scratches. Rare.

From the New Orleans Collection. Ex Philip DeVicci Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 53, 15 March 2000), lot 1248.

The revolt of Domitius Domitianus in Egypt destabilized a vitally strategic region by interrupting the grain supply to Rome and opening the possibility of a Persian (Sasanian) invasion. For almost a year, Domitius Domitianus controlled Alexandria and its mint, striking aurei and folles, as well as a series of pre-reform provincial denominations.