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    Domitius Domitianus, Usurper in Egypt (AD 296-297/8). BI follis or nummus (26mm, 10.96 gm, 11h). Alexandria, 3rd officina, AD 298. IMP C L DOMITIVS DOMITIANVS AVG, laureate head of Domitianus right / GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera from which liquor flows in right hand and cradling cornucopia in draped left arm; at feet to left, eagle standing left, head right, with spread wings; Γ//ALE. RIC 20. Very rare! Two-tone green patina with light earthen encrustation in spots. NGC Choice Fine 5/5 - 4/5.

    The personal history of Domitius Domitianus and the circumstances of his attempted usurpation in Egypt remain obscure. All that is known for certain is that early in Diocletian's Tetrarchy, Egypt attempted to break away from the Empire, perhaps spurred by Roman military setbacks against Persia in AD 296. Historical records name the leader of the revolt as a certain Aurelius Achilleus, but it is uncertain whether this rebel is one in the same as Domitianus, or a supporter of his, or perhaps even a general who instigated the revolt and selected Domitianus as a figurehead ruler. In addition to billon folles such as this one on the regular imperial denominational system, Domitianus also struck coins on the old Egyptian standard, all of them dated "Year Two," suggesting the revolt lasted longer than a year. In any case, Diocletian undertook to crush the rebellion in mid-AD 297 and stormed Alexandria after a bitter siege.


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