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Domitian AR Denarius 82 CE (First Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius Rome mint 82 CE (First Issue) 18.5 mm, 3.09 g Obv:IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right Rev: TR P COS VIII P P, winged thunderbolt on draped table RIC 101; RSC 597; BMC 26. Purchased from Ancient Coins Canada Numismall, March 2019 Yes, the coin is a bit rough, but it is a type one does not see everyday. This coin is from the first precious metal issue of 82 CE. This coin was struck in the early months of 82 CE before the coinage reform which would see the fineness of the denarii increase to near 100%. According to RIC "The denarii of the first issue of 82 use the same eight main reverse designs as the last issues of 81..." I find the reverse interesting. There

Domitian AR Denarius 85 CE (Fourth Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius (20.5 mm 3.22 g) Obv: Laureate head r, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII Rev: Minerva stg r on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r owl IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P RIC 333; BMC 78(cross symbol), Cohen 180 Purchased from Phillipe Saive Numimatique March 15, 2019 This coin marks debasement in the fineness of Domitian's coinage. The previous 2 issues of 85 CE with the legends CENSORIA POTESTATE and CENS POTES are very rare and mark the end the the near 100% fineness of the silver denarii. This coin, RIC 333, is the first issue that returns the fineness to the post reform Neronian standards. I wanted this for the legend variation. Most Minerva reverses

Titus AR Denarius 80 CE (January 1-June 30)

Titus, 79 - 81 n. Chr. Denar (2.96g). 80 n. Chr. Mzst. Rom. Obv.: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. l. Rev.: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, zwei Gefangene sitzen Rücken an Rücken an einem Tropaeum. RIC 103 (R2); C. 306; BMC 37; BN 34. Ex Sammlung Shlomo Moussaieff, London, 1948 - 2000. Condition: Dunkle Tönung, partiell Auflagen, ss Ex: Gorny und Mosch e-auction 263 - 07.03.2019 10: Lot 3615 This coin is darkly toned but is still in fairly nice condition. Condition was not why I bought this however. I really liked the reverse. Although some refer to this as a Judea Capta reverse, it more likely commemorates a victory in Britain by the Roman general Agricola. In a

Domitian AR Denarius Sept 14 88 CE- Sept 13 89 CE (Second Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius (19mm, 2.88g, 5h). Rome mint, . (88 14thSeptember – 89 13thSeptember)(Second Issue). IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, head laureate right; IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Capitoline Minerva cult statue standing left, with spear (M4). RIC 661 (R), BMC 150, RSC 244. Purchased from James Hazelton All the coins in this issue are rare to very rare. Included are denarii with a very rare obverse legend variation. Though the coin is quite worn I still like it very much. One of the reasons I like this coin concerns the imperial titles. Due to increased military activity along the Danube imperial titles were being awarded very rapidly. According to RIC possible dates for coi

Domitian Denarius 86 CE (First Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius (19mm, 3.30g, 6h). Rome mint, struck 86 CE (First Issue). IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, head laureate right; IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Aventine Minerva replica (ἀπεικόνισμα) standing right on processional litter (ferculum), with spear and shield, owl to right (M2). RIC 427 (R), BMC 90 p. 318 note , RSC 74. Purchased from James Hazelton Struck before September of 86 CE, this denarius is part of a rare issue. All coins of this issue with 2 exceptions are rare to very rare. I bought this coin for 2 reasons. First, I bought it for the dates of the imperial acclamations IMP and COS on the reverse. I did not have this dating combination so I wanted it for my collection.

Domitian Denarius 82 CE (First Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius Rome Mint 82 CE (First Issue) Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM Rev: Altar garlanded and lighted, TR POT COS VIII P P RIC 94 (R) BMC 32, RSC 598 Purchased privately, March 1, 2019 A couple of weeks ago a friend reached out to me and asked if I might be interested in buying a few rare denarii of Domitian. I chose this one. The other 2 were interesting as they were rare dating combinations for the Minerva reverse, but I chose this one because I loved the look of it. I really like these early issues of Domitian as Augustus. This reverse type is rare for Domitian as Augustus. This issue occurred just before the coinage reforms of Domitian later in the year

Domitian AR Denarius 88-89 CE (Sixth Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius (19mm, 3.23g, 6h). Rome (Sept 14, 88 - c. Sept 13, 89) (Sixth Issue). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, head laureate right; Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva stg. R on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r. owl. (M2). RIC 675 (R2), BMC--, RSC – This coin has a very expressive portrait featuring uninteresting nose. Unfortunately, I have been unable to compare this coin to many coins because of its rarity. The 2 examples I found online reside in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, and in a private collection displayed on Forvm Ancient Coins. There does not appear to be an example in the British Museum collection. This coi

Titus AR Denarius 76 CE (First Issue)

Titus AR Denarius.Under Vespasian 76 CE (first issue) 3.14 g Obv:Leaureate head right, T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN Rev:Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar, IOVIS CUSTOS RIC 863 [VESP] (R2) Purchased from ebay February 21, 2019 One might think when looking at this coin that it is just another worn denarius of Titus. While this true, it is also a rare coin.RIC designates it as R2, very few examples known. It was issued for Titus as Caesar under the rule of Vespasian in 76 CE. It copies a reverse of Vespasian. The Iovis Custos reverse was a new reverse type issued in 76 CE. The Vespasian coin is quite common but this one is not. In fact there are a number of coins of Vespasian which were

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (First Issue)

Domitian, Denarius, 81 Rome Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right., IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG Rev: Dolphin coiled around anchor.,TR P COS VII RIC:2,(R) Purchased from Numiscorner on Vcoins February 23, 2019 Here is an interesting coin. It is an early Domitian as Augustus issue. The 4 groups of coins in the first issue were minted in the first 3.5 months of Domitian's rule. What is interesting about this one is not the titles that are present but what is absent. The only titles here are TR P, IMP and COS. Notice that PP is nowhere to be seen. This means that group 1 denarii such as this must have been issued first of all 4 groups of 81 CE. This was not an easy coin to find. I have RIC 3 and RI



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