Domitius Domitianus, usurper, 297-298 A. Billon Nummus / Follis 24mm (9.53 grams) 12h, Alexandria, 2nd officina, struck 298 A.Reference: RIC 20 Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 2/5 4529310-018 IMP C L DOMITIVS DOMITIANVS AVG Laureate head to right. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / B / ALE Genius of the Roman People standing left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, his head turned back to right. Provided with certificate of authenticity.
CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC by Sergey Nechayev, PhD - Numismatic Expert. Lucius Domitius Domitianus was a Roman usurper against Diocletian, who seized power for a short time in Aegyptus. Domitianus revolted against Diocletian in 297 AD, but died in December of the same year, when Diocletian went to Aegyptus to quell with the revolt. Numismatic and papyrological evidence support Domitianus' claim for the purple.
It is possible that Domitianus' corrector , Aurelius Achilleus, who was responsible for the defence of Alexandria, succeeded Domitianus' claim for the purple; in fact, only in March 298 Diocletian re-conquered the city. The item "DOMITIUS DOMITAINUS Usurper vs Diocletian VERY RARE Ancient Roman Coin NGC Ch XF" is in sale since Thursday, November 15, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Roman\ Imperial (27 BC-476 AD)". The seller is "victoram" and is located in Forest Hills, New York.
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