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Domitianus GENIO POPVLI ROMANI from Alexandria
« on: September 09, 2016, 01:06:56 AM »
Domitius Domitianus was a usurper in Egypt during the reign of Diocletian. The exact dates are disputed, though RIC gives A.D. 295- 296. There has also been speculation that the rebellion was due in part to the monetary reforms of Diocletian.

Due to the short rule of this usurper, his coins are rare and expensive; but one can also get coins struck by Domitianus for the members of the tetrarchy. He actually struck coins in the names of all the rulers (Diocletian, Maximianus, Constantius I and Galerius [RIC VI Alexandria 18- 21] ) most likely in an attempt to gain favor and demonstrate that he was not actually rebelling…which did not work.

It is easier to find coins of Domitianus online than those he issued in the names of the tetrarchy. Though RIC rates them as common, I expect that they are actually a bit rarer.

These GENIO POPVLI ROMANI have an eagle to the left of Genio and the workshop is in the right field. The left field is also empty; while the first issue after the defeat of Domitius has a ✶ in the left field.

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Re: Domitianus GENIO POPVLI ROMANI from Alexandria
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2016, 04:16:52 PM »
Thank you very much, Victor. This is extremely interesting. So if I understand correctly, if the left field in RIC VI Alexandria 18- 21 is empty, it was issued by Domitianus? Or are there any other characteristics as well?

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Re: Domitianus GENIO POPVLI ROMANI from Alexandria
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 04:21:46 PM »
Yes, the Domitianus coins have the left field empty, with the eagle to the left of Genio. So if one pays attention and perhaps gets a little lucky, a cheap example is possible.

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Re: Domitianus GENIO POPVLI ROMANI from Alexandria
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2017, 01:39:23 PM »
here's is an example for Maximianus that was just listed on Vcoins

seller's description--

MAXIMIANUS I, AD 286-310. Ć Follis (9.72g) issued by Domitianus.
 
Laureate bust of Maximianus / Genius standing pouring liquor from patera, eagle at feet, ALE in exergue.
Alexandria mint, 3rd officina, c. 295/296. 25mm. RIC VI, 18b.

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Re: Domitianus GENIO POPVLI ROMANI from Alexandria
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 01:21:59 AM »

another Maximianus



Maximianus
A.D. 294
25x26mm    8.4gm
IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG; laureate head right.
GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI; Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera and cornucopiae, eagle with wreath in beak at feet to left; B in right.
In ex. ALE
RIC VI Alexandria 18b


and a bit rough Constantius I



Constantius I
A.D. 294
26mm    8.9gm
FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate head right.
GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera and cornucopiae, eagle with wreath in beak at feet to left; Γ in right.
In ex. ALE
RIC VI Alexandria 21a