Domitian, AE21 of Antioch, Syria, 69-81 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Domitian
City/Region:
Antioch mint, Syria
Denomination:
AE21
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
69-81 AD
Obverse:
DOMITIA-NV[SCAESAR], Laureate head of Domitian right
Reverse:
Large SC within laurel wreath of eight pairs of broad leaves terminating in a pellet; looped ties at bottom
Size:
21mm, 7.5g, 1h
Grade:
gVF, attractive dark green patina,
Reference:
Butcher 165.i.c.; BMC 252; SNG Cop. 181; McAlee 403c; RPC 2017

Domitianus (Domitian) was the son and heir of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. His 15 year reign (the longest since Tiberius) came to an abrupt end when he was assassinated by court officials. The Antioch coinage of Domitian was struck both during Vespasian's reign and during Domitian's own reign as Roman Emperor. This coin was struck under Vespasian's reign, evident by the long thin leaves and looped ties at the bottom of the wreath. Under Domitian's reign, the pellets would later be replaced with a numerical system. The purpose of the pellets and numeral letters on the coins from Antioch must have served some purpose but what that purpose was exactly has been lost in time and remains today the subject of some speculation.