Domitian Æ Diobole, 9.35g Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ ϹƐΒ ΓƐΡΜ; Head of Domitian, laureate, r. Rev: LΙΕ; Agathadaemon serpent erect, r., with corn-ears and caduceus RPC 2734 (1 spec.). Acquired from CGB.fr, October 2020. A diobole struck for Domitian at Alexandria featuring the Agathadaemon serpent (the 'Good Spirit' of grain fields and vineyards) on the reverse wearing the Skhent (double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt). The 'Good Spirit' was venerated in both Greek and Roman religions, depicted as a serpent on Roman shrines and lararia and honoured as an omen of good luck among the Greeks. The Agathadaemon serpent's most developed form flourished in Roman Egypt where it became an exalted deity, far beyond the status of a mere household god. On this diobole it is a symbol of fertility and the regeneration of crops, as indicated by the corn-ear and caduceus at its side. The Skhent crown the serpent wears represents the power over both upper and lower Egypt. The type was frequently repeated on Alexandria's middle bronzes throughout Domitian's reign. This diobole struck during his last regnal year is fairly rare. Guardian household spirits, symbolised as serpents, were frequently depicted on domestic shrines in the Roman world, likely owing to the fact snakes protected the household from vermin. This lararium from Pompeii depicts a fantastic snake guarding the fortunes of the household. Feel free to post your snakes!