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Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (Group 4) 18 mm 3.16 g Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM; Head laureate right Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat draped above winged thunderbolt. RIC 72 (R2). Lazooro on Delcampe January 11, 2019 This coin is rare because of the Obverse legend. There are very few types that use this legend. Though Group 4 denarii are generally not rare, this one is an exception. I consider myself very lucky to have found 3 of these for my collection. I really like the first year denarii of Domitian. There are several mysteries associated with these denarii. How did the mint turn out the coins of Domitian so quickly after the unexpected death of his brother Titus? Why do s

Titus AR Denarius 79 CE after July 1

Titus AR Denarius 79 CE after July 1 Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head left. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Capricorn left; globus below. RIC 20 (R2), BMC p. 227 note, RSC 282 Ex: ANE Store on Vcoins (Sveto) I could not believe it when this one showed up on Vcoins. I have never before seen one for sale. While not all of Titus' left-facing portraits are rare on his denarii, this one is. It is an Issue 2 denarius. All of the left-facing portraits in Issue 2 in 79 CE are rare to very rare. I also really like the portrait on this coin. The reverse image of the Capricorn is reminiscent of the silver issues of Augustus several decades earlier. There are a number of rar

Vespasian AR Denarius 71 CE (Group 6)

Vespasian AR Denarius (71 CE Group 6) 3.12 g Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P Rev: Ceres std left on ornate high-backed chair , with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae, EPHE in exergue; CONCORDIA AVG RIC 1428, RSC 67, BMC 453 Roman Silver Coins from the Michael Kelly Collection Ex: Spink Numismatic e-Circular 1 - Part I - Ancient Coins featuring the Michael Kelly and Nomos Brasiliana Collections Lot 214. February 13 2020. Yes, this is another Ephesian denarius of Vespasian. The reason I wanted this one concerns the reverse. Notice the EPHE (for Ephesus) in the emerge on the reverse. I know this is a more common coin than the RIC 1400 I posted last time, but I d

Vespasian AR Denarius 69-70 CE (Group 2)

Vespasian AR Denarius (69-70 CE) 3.05 g Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG Rev: Ceres std left on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae, mintmark in exergue; CONCORDIA AVG RIC 1400, RSC 65, BMC 429* Roman Silver Coins from the Michael Kelly Collection Ex: Spink Numismatic e-Circular 1 - Part I - Ancient Coins featuring the Michael Kelly and Nomos Brasiliana Collections Lot 214. February 13 2020. I like coins with provenance so I was very happy to add this one from the Michael Kelly collection. This coin was struck very early in the reign of Vespasian in Ephesus. I really like these coins from Ephesus. The portrait style is unmistakable and interesting

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3) (19 mm., 3.12 g.) Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt RIC 36, RSC 62, BMC 9 Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237 There are a number of group 3 denarii that are quite rare. While group 2 denarii are very rare, group 3 denarii are almost as rare. I have been looking for first year denarii for a couple of years. I have made an effort to find the rare issues from 81 CE. When they appear on the market they can be subject to determined competition. I was very happy to add this one to my collection. While it is not a PONT denarius, the reverse legend makes it rare.

Vespasian Alexandrian Tetradrachm

Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Tetradrachm 1 July-28 August 69 (year 1), billon 24.5mm., 11.95g. Laureate head r.; in front, LA. Rev. ΕΙΡΗΝΗ Eireine standing, l., with corn-ears and caduceus. RPC 2401. Geissen 266. Dattari-Savio Pl. 13, 6688 (this coin). Purchased from Naville Numismatics Auction 55 Lot 293 I cannot seem to resist these Alexandrian Tetradrachms when they appear at auction. Naville has been listing these in its auction for at least a couple of years. While I find the portrait to be quite nice, I bought this coin for the provenance. It was a part of the famed Dattari collection. This coin also happens to be the plate coin for the publication that documents the Da

Domitian AR Denarius 85 CE (Fourth Issue)

Domitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue) (20.00 mm 3.35 g) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG – GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI – CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80 Ex: Michael Kelly Collection Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020. Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020. So this one has a bit of a story attached to it. A couple of weeks ago Spink held an auction that featured a number of coins from the Michael Kelly collection. I have seen some of these coins come to auction over the last ye

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE

Domitian AR Denarius Struck 88 CE (Third Issue) (18.71mm 3.14 grams) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right Rev: COS XIIII - LVD SAEC FEC, Herald walking left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand and shield RIC II 596, RSC 76/77, BMC 131 Ex FLAN Numismatics with tag. Ex Madroosi collection Purchased from Marc Breitsprecher Feb 17, 2020 I wanted this because it is a secular games issue. I find these coins interesting. However, this coin is interesting for another reason. This coin has a right facing bust. I previously posted a coin that has this reverse but had a left-facing bust on the obverse. So I now have both variants of this issue! I think is pretty neat. While

 
 

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