Domitian Æ As, 9.44g Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 82 AD Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and torch RIC 840 (R2). BMC 520. BNC 553. RPC 533. Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2021. An Eastern mystery mint struck imperial bronze coins for both Titus and Domitian between 80-81. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue which consists of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses copying types struck at Rome. The mystery mint continued production uninterrupted for Domitian as Augustus after Titus's death in September 81 for perhaps a few months with little change in types. This Ceres type is dated by COS VIII to 82, perhaps within just the first few weeks of the new year judging by its rarity. The style of these Eastern bronzes is quite distinctive and very pleasing.