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Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian, AR Denarius 81-96 CE. (81 CE Group 4) Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT Rev: Tripod with fillets; dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII P P RIC: 73 (R3) Not in the RIC plates Purchased from Barakat Gallery Los Angeles I was very happy to grab this one. It is a rare PONT denarius. All PONT denarii are either R2 (very few examples known to the authors of RIC 2007) or R3 (one example known). This coin happens to be R3, so there was only one known at the time of publication. I know where there are 3 of these. One is the RIC reference coin (it is not in the plates), the second one is owned by a Forum Ancient Coins member, and this one is the third. I really like these

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3) Rome (20 mm ) Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT Rev: Minerva standing left with victory and spear, shield at feet; COS VII DES VIII P P RIC 29 (R3) Purchased from ebay October 3, 2019. I was very pleased to grab this one when it appeared for sale. I wanted to buy it quickly as I know there are others out there who are seeking out coins like this one. It is a PONT denarius. That is it has PONT in the obverse legend. This is also a very rare coin. All PONT denarii are rare. In fact all of them are rated R2 (very few examples known) or R3 (one example known to the authors of RIC II part 1). I know of 3 other examples of this coin. One is

Domitian Limes Denarius 76 CE

Domitian, 81-96. Prototype struck 76. Limes denarius. 19 mm. 2.56 grams. Pegasus, COS IIII above. A desirable type, but this one is in base metal-- a "limes" denarius. Sear I 2637. BMC (Vespasian) 193. An ancient imitation from the borderlands. Purchased from Warren Esty This very interesting coin is a Limes denarius of Domitian. It is a base metal version of Domitian RIC 921 struck under Vespasian in 76 CE. There are many theories about Limes denarii but no direct answers. These circulated in border regions and one theory is that they were used as a form of scrip currency by the Roman military in unstable regions. This theory claims that these coins may have been replaced by the silver

Augustus AR tetradrachm

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC). Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath. Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives. From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee. CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 201

Domitian AR Denarius 81CE (Group 3)

Rome mint, 81 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above RIC 21 (R2). Not in RIC plates. BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58 Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection Ex: David Atherton Collection Though I already had an example of RIC 21, when this became available I had to have it. First of all it is a rare PONT denarius. This refers to the use of PONT in the obverse legend. The speculation is that PONT was used before Domitian was officially named Pontifex Maximus. Another reason I wanted the coin is the condition. Just look at that expressive portrait. These early portraits of Domitian have a lot of character. Another re

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)

Domitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3) 3.23g Rome mint, 81 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt RIC 34 (R3). BMC -. RSC - Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection. Ex: David Atherton Collection This very rare denarius of Domitian was struck in 81 CE, Domitian's first year as Augustus. Just how rare is this coin? It is marked as R3- one example known to Carradice and Buttrey, the authors of RIC II part 1 (2007). This coin appears to be a double die match for the RIC plate coin. This is hardly surprising. It would have been surprising if this coin had different dies which would have suggested a la



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