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Titus AR Denarius 80 CE January 1-June 30

TITUS Auguste (79-81), AR denier, 80, Rome. 3,23g. Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM· T. l. à d. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV- COS VIII PP Siège carré dr., avec un dossier triangulaire, décoré de cinq palmettes. BMC 233, 61; RIC 124A. Beau à Très Beau/Beau (Fine - Very Fine/Fine) Purchased from Jean Elsen ltd; April 18, 2019 This coin is catalogued in RIC as 124. 124 is a common denarius. However it has a number of variations that are anything but common. First there are 3 variations by the number of palmettes on the triangular frame. You can find 5, 3, or 9 palmettes. These are in the RIC plates as 124a, 124b, and 124c. However, this is not where the variations end for this type. Take a close lo

Domitian as Caesar AR Denarius 75 CE

Domitian as Caesar Denarius 75 CE 18mm., 3,21g. Obv: Head leaureate r; CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III Rev: Spes stg l with flower; PRINCEPS IVVENTVT RIC 788 [Vespasian] BMC 156 Ex: Savoca Blue 19thauction April 21, 2019 Lot 1143 I am interested in the minor variations that occur in the Minerva series for Domitian. I have a lot of fun tracking down the attributions by deciphering the legends on these coins. Every once in a while I find a rarity others have overlooked because of the seemingly monolithic nature of the Minerva denarii. So, when I find a coin like this one that does not feature Minerva, I am motivated to grab it. The figure on the reverse of this coin is SPES or "Hope" with a flower in

Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE (Second Issue)

DOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue (3.47 g), Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield, (RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93). Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine. Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket. Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019. This coin was part of the second issue of Domitian for 86 CE. Most of the denarii for 86 CE are rare and this coin is no exception. However, that was only one of the considerations I had for buying this coin. The other is the amazin

Domitian AR Denarius 79 CE to June 24

Domitian as Caesar Denarius 79 to 24 June 18mm., 3,15g. Obv:Head laureate l; CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI Rev: Salus stg r resting on column feeding snake out of patera; PRINCEPS IVVENTUTIS RIC 1085 [Vespasian] BMC page 47 note. RSC 385. Ex: Savoca Blue 19thauction April 21, 2019 Lot 1138 On first glance this looks like just another Domitian denarius and a very worn one at that. However, there is one large difference between this denarius and most other Domitian denarii-it has a left facing portrait. Left facing portraits occur on Domitian's bronze coins but for some unknown reason they are very rare on his silver coinage. Also, both Titus and Vespasian used left facing portraits on their

Titus AR Denarius 75 CE

Titus as Caesar 75 CE AR Denarius 20 mm 3.30 g Obv: Head laureate r; T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN Rev: Securitas seated l; head resting on raised arm; PONTIF TR P COS IIII Ric 784 (R2) [Vespasian] BMC--, RSC-- Purchased from Zurqieh on vcoins; April 18, 2019 This denarius was issued for Titus as Caesar under Vespasian in 75 CE. This coin has several notable features including its rarity, its condition, and its interesting reverse. I like collecting rarities from the first century CE and this one is no exception. It is very rare. OCRE has it listed but cites no examples. There are no examples on Coryssa or on Acsearch. there is also no plate for this coin in RIC. RIC cites one example sold by Lanz



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