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Titus AR Denarius 79 CE After July 1

Titus AR Denarius (18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79 after July 1. Obv: Laureate head l. Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy. RIC II 50; RSC 297. Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016 Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020 This coin is interesting for several reasons. First, it is a left-facing bust of Titus as Augustus. Not all left-facing denarii of Titus are rare but this one is. The reverse is also of note. It features a trophy and under it is a captive. Some believe this may be a reference to the conquest of Judea and is therefore a Ivdea Capta type. Others believe it refers to other conflicts. In particular some argue that it re

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE (Third Issue)

Domitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius (19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88. Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left. RIC II.1 597. Extremely rare with left facing portrait. Ex: Harlan Berk Vcoins 2005 cc50283. This coin was sold to Phil Peck in May 2007. Morris collection is the Heritage Auctions name for the Phil Peck collection. 2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225. Though I think all my coins are special, t

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius (81 CE) (Group 4) Obv: Laureate head left; IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM Rev: Tripod with fillets, Dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP RIC 75 (R2) BMC Note p. 302 RSC 568d Purchased from Monetarium on MA-Shops December 6th 2019 It should not be difficult to figure out why I wanted this coin. While Domitian's non precious metal coinage features a number of left facing portraits of Domitian, all left facing portraits on denarii are very rare. If you see a left facing denarius of Domitian grab it! You might see one every few years. However, when they appear at auction the competition is fierce to say the least. I have never heard a satisfactory explanation fo

 
 

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