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ID:     794970
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     BITHYNIA
City:     Bithynium (Claudiopolis)
Issuer:     Domitian
Date Ruled:     AD 81-96
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Half Assarion
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 81-96
Diameter:     22 mm
Weight:     7.64 g
Obverse Legend:     AYT ΔΟMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEB ΓEP
Obverse Description:     Laureate head right
Reverse Legend:     KΛΑΔIOΠΟΛΕΙΤΩN
Reverse Description:     Serpent entwined around branch
Primary Reference:     RPC II 696 corr. (serpent around torch)
Reference2:     RG 7 (Bithynium) corr. (same)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=106197
Grade:     Good VF, beautiful green patina
Notes:     Extremely rare. Three of the known specimens of this type reside in public collections – two in the Ashmolean; the RG specimen in Athens. The fourth cited specimen, which appeared in a 1928 Cahn sale had no weight was given, and was not illustrated.