Domitian AR Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria, 91-92 AD. Very Rare.
Ruler/Emperor:
Domitian
City/Region:
Antioch
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
91-92 AD
Obverse:
Laureate bust of Emperor Domitian facing right, Classical Medusa at the nick of Domitians neck. Legend reads: AYTO KAISAP DOMITIA NOS SEB GEPM
Reverse:
Eagle standing on a thunderbolt, palm before, wings open, head facing right, holding wreath in its beak. Legend reads: ETOYS NEOY GEPOY ENDEKATOY
Size:
27mm, 14.8g
Grade:
Choice EF
Provenance:
Athena Numismatics (formerly Holyland Coins)(2006)
References:

An extremely rare coin, there are only 23 of this type known and this coin is one of, if not the finest examples. The portrait itself is of superb style and certainly among the finest portraits known of Domitian on any coin of any denomination. This coin once likely belonged to a German soldier in a Roman legion: there were many Germans in the Roman army of the East. Personal ownership is evidenced by the ancient graffiti in the right field of the obverse which reads E P M A. Refer photos to the right to take a closer look. This coin was found around Petra, a city south of Jordan and far from the soldier's homeland.