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Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE (Fifth Issue)

Domitan AR Denarius 86 CE (Fifth Issue) 3.29 g Obv: Laurreate head r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VI Rev: Minerva Stg. L with spear; IMP XIIII COS XII CENS P PP RIC 460 (R); British Museum example acquired 1989 (1989,1117.2) BMC-- Ex: Aegean Numismatics March 25, 2019 Though generally worn, I still find this portrait to have some charm. This coin is part of the last of 5 issues for 86 CE, in fact it is part of the the 5th issue. All coins from these issues are scarce to rare. I bought this coin because I did not have any coins from this particular issue. The toning is light but even and the general overall wear means that this coin was used. Some coins in my collection appear that they w

Domitian AR Denarius 85 CE (5th Issue)

Domitian. Denarius. Rome 85 CE. (Fifth Issue) Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P V Rev: Minvera advancing r with spear and shield; IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP RIC-342. BMC -- Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3136 March 7, 2019 This is yet another rare coin of Domitian. It is so scarce that even the British museum does not have an example. What makes it rare is the legend on the reverse.Note that instead of CENS PPP the legend reads CENS POT PP. There were only 2 issues that used this legend on denarii, the fourth and the fifth. All of the coins in this issue are rare. They are all either R2 (very few examples known) or R3 (unique). The fourth and fifth issues of Dom

Domitian AR Denarius 82-83 CE

Domitian. Denarius. Rome 82-83 CE . Obv: head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM Rev: Salvs std l with corn ears and poppy; SALVS AVGVST. RIC-145 (R) BMC 54 Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3135 March 7, 2019 There are many who believe that the denarii of Domitian are boring. This is because the denarii of Domitian are dominated by the ubiquitous Minerva reverse. There are however denarii without the typical Minerva reverse. This is one of those. On the reverse you can see SALVS seated with corn ears and poppy. SALVS is a Roman goddess associated with safety and health. This applied to both the individual and the state in general. Another interesting feature of this denarius is the

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE (Group 2 C)

Domitian AR Denarius. Rome 88 CE (Group 2 C) Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIII Rev: Minerva Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; CENS P.P.P. RIC-568 (R2) BMC 139 RSC 27 Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3133 March 7, 2019 I was very excited to win this one. It took a little over one month to receive the coin. It required export paperwork and this can be a slow process. There is an interesting feature of the obverse legend on this coin. It is very common to see GERM in the obverse legend on coins of Domitian. What is not common is to see GERMANIC in the legend. That alone makes this coin special and worth collecting. This coin is also special because of the r

Domitian AR Denarius 73 CE

Domitian as Caesar AR Denarius 73 CE (3.04 gm). Rome Obv: Leaureate head r: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II Rev: Domitian on horseback, rearing left, right hand raised adlocutio, scepter in left. RIC 539 (R) [Vesp] I absolutely love the portrait on this coin. It is a very different portrait for Domitian. It depicts Domitian as Caesar and was issued under Vespasian in 73 CE. The seller misattributed this coin as a common coin which it is not. The legend is different and the direction of the legend is clockwise where it is anti-clockwise on the common type. I find the reverse to be just as attractive as the obverse.It depicts Domitian on horseback carrying a sceptre. I think the depiction of the h

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4) Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorate with three crescents TR P COS VII DES VIII PP RIC 67; BMC 17 Purchased from March 1, 2019 This coin is rare with this reverse legend. I really like the denarii from groups 1-4 of 81 CE because this was Domitian's first coinage as Augustus. There is some discussion about the production order of these 4 groups of coins. Domitian's denarii would become dominated by the Minerva reverse so these early issues are interesting for the variety of reverses they display. Many of the reverse were carried over from the denarii of his brother Titus. Th



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