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RPC 2099

Freakishly rare

RPC 2099
RPC 2099

JUDAEA, Pella, The Decapolis, AE22 (23mm, 9.72g, 1h), dated CY 145 (81/2).

 

ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ, head laureate right; ΠΕΛΛEΝΩΝ, turreted Tyche standing facing, head turned right, holding scepter in right hand and cornucopia in left, date to left L EMP. 

 

RPC 2009 [0].

 

Ex Ira and Larry Goldberg, ex Dr Patrick Tan coll.

The date is interesting, CY (City Year) 145, E=5, M=40, P=100, which translates in Domitian's RY (Regnal Year) to 81 A.D. overlapping to 82, so very early in the reign.  Something else I find interesting, the date is prefaced with what looks like an L, which of course is not a Greek Λ, lambda in English.  I have been given to understand that this symbol is an Egyptian hieroglyphic meaning "year," but, if so, what is it doing on this coin from Pella?  And on further observation, on coins from several eastern mints.

 

This is only the second known specimen of this variety.  The other is in the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum Library in Jerusalem and is in a much lesser condition than this one.