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Domitian AR Denarius 'O' Mint 76 CE

Domitian AR Denarius Unknown mint in Asia Minor. ‘O’ mint. 76 CE (3.13g) Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III; Head Laureate right, a small ‘O’ is visible below the neck truncation. Rev: PRINCEP IVVENTVT; SPES standing left with flower RIC 1489 (R2); BMC 481 [VESPASIAN]; RSC 375a;RPC Online 1462 (This coin cited). Yes, I know it has a hole. However, I still wanted it very much. One of the reasons is the mint. In RIC it states that this coin was struck at an unknown Eastern Asian mint. They add that it might be Ephesus. I admit that the portrait styles remind me of Ephesus. However, if it was Ephesus, then why put an 'O' under the neck truncation on these coins. Coins with this mintmark also exist f

Vespasian AR Denarius 74 CE

Vespasian (69-79). AR Denarius Rome. 74 CE (18mm 3.07g) Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESP AVG Rev: COS V; 2 upright laurel trees. RIC 681 Savoca 31st Blue Auction April 26, 2020. Lot 952 I have been looking for an example of this coin for quite some time. It is a desirable type for Flavian collectors. The reverse is an homage to an Augustus denarius from decades before. It is quite common for Vespasian coins to use earlier coin types as inspiration. I know the coin is worn, but it is also difficult to find. This coin did not seem to attract much interest in the auction. I was interested the moment I saw it several weeks ago. I like the unusual reverse types for Vespasian and his so

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4) (18 mm., 2. 83 g.) Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above semicircular frame decorated with three crescents. RIC 67, BMC 17 Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237. Lot 1228 I already have one of these and it is already posted on this blog. However, I really like these first year as Augustus denarii for Domitian so I pick them up when I see them. This is a group 4 denarius. Over these coins are not as rare as group 2 or group 3 denarii for Domitian. However, there are still some rarities in this group. The revers on this coin has the crescents. If you look at my example of RIC

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE

Domitian AR Denarius Struck 88 CE (Third Issue) (20 mm, 2.96 g) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right Rev: COS XIIII - LVD SAEC FEC, COS XIII across field Column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC, all within Laurel wreath. RIC 604, RSC 70, BMC 137 Ex: Luc Corso collection EX: CGB France Purchased February 17, 2020 This coin is a secular games issue. Domitian issued a series of reverse to mark the secular games held in 88 CE. Like Vespasian before him Domitian is casting back in time to a previous emperor. In this case it is Augustus. A denarius was struck under Augustus which looks much like the denarius above because it features an inscribed column. That is because the previ

Titus AR Denarius 80 CE January 1 - June 30

79-81 CE (17 mm 3.15 g) Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right Rev: TR P IX IMP XV — COS VIII P P, draped processional chair, triangular frame by decorated with nine Palmattes Lituus under triangular frame. RIC 124c BMC 61 RSC 313a Ex: Savoca 16th Blue auction Lot 978 February 10, 2019 On the surface this does not look like a rare coin. However, take a look under the triangular frame you will see a lituus there. This is rare for this issue, This also occurs on an Issue of Domitian. RIC 3 does not include the Lituus. RIC 3 Var. has the Lituus under the frame. You will find both of these coin types elsewhere on this blog. RIC 3 Var. for Domitian was published in the first

Titus AR Denarius 79 CE June 24-July 1

Titus. 79-81 AD. AR Denarius (18mm; 3.25 gm; 6h). Struck 79 AD June 24 - July 4 Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate. head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l., holding grain ears with poppy and scepter. RIC 3 (R), RSC 31a, BMC 105 Akropolis coins coin #289 purchased Jan 30 2020. The Ceres reverse was used for all 3 of the Flavian emperors. Some of these coins are quite common and others are quite rare. This coin for Titus as Augustus is rarely seen with the reverse. There is another type with this reverse for Titus which is rarer than this one. The Vespasian and Domitian as Caesar examples are common. I would love a better less worn example. I will have to wait and see if one appe

Vespasian AR Denarius 70 CE

Vespasian. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 19; RSC II 84; BMCRE II 7; BnF III 7; Cohen I 84 (2f.); SRCV I -, aF, unusual portrait (resembling Vitellius?), bumps and scratches, uneven patina, Rome mint, weight 2.971g, maximum diameter 18.5mm, die axis 180o, c. Jan - Jun 70 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse COS ITER FORT RED, Fortuna standing left, resting right hand on acrostolium of galley left at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand; very rare. This is a rough coin. The reason I wanted it was the Vitellius like portrait of Vespasian. Vespasian did not appear in Rome for months after his accession to the throne of Rome. The celators who engraved the images for

Vespasian AR Denarius 70 CE

Vespasian AR denarius 70 CE Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Laureate head right Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Neptune standing left foot on prow, with Dolphin and trident RIC 25 (R) BMC 14, RSC 90 Purchased from Monetarium on Ma-Shops January 13, 2020 I wanted this coin because i had never seen one until this popped up for sale. What attracted me to it was the reverse. You can see Neptune standing. He is standing on a prow. In one hand he holds a dolphin and in the other he has a trident. There are only 3 denarius types for Vespasian with this reverse. This one is from the Rome mint. There is also one from the Lyon mint and one from a Spanish mint presumed to be Tarraco. All of these coins are at l

Vespasian AR Denarius 74 CE

Vespasian, 69-79. Denarius 74, Rome. 3.17 g Obv: Head Laureate right IMP CAESAR VESP AVG Rev:Emperor with branch and scepter on a Curule chair. PON MAX TRP COS V RIC II / 1, 683, C. 363 BMC 135 Ex: Dr. Busso Peus Nach. January 19, 2018 Yes, this is another worn coin of Vespasian. It is also one that is not seen everyday. In fact this is the case for all of the coins of Vespasian in this issue. If you look through the past posts on this blog you will see another Vespasian denarius from this issue. It is RIC 685. What makes these coins rare is the Obverse legend: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG. Though the VESP AVG is missing on this coin, it is possible to compare this coin to ones with the CEN or CENS

Vespasian AR Denarius 79-24 June

Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE to June 24 (19mm, 3.03g.) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head Laureate left Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII; Capricorn left below globe RIC 1060 (R) Ex: Savoca Auctions 30th blue auction Lot 1505, March 22, 2020. This type is seen very frequently for Titus. For Vespasian RIC 1058 which has this reverse but features a right facing portrait is labeled as common. This left facing variety is definitely no common. I know the coin is worn, but when you come upon a rarity you had better buy it regardless of the condition because you never know when you will see one again. Besides the rarity the other reason to have this coin is the Capricorn reverse. Vespasian copied many earl

Vespasian AR Denarius 71 CE (Group 5)

VESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus. (3.00 g. 17 mm.) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P. Laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE. Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right. RIC² 1425 (R3). RSC 279 BMC p 94 note Condition: Very fine. Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348 September 2, 2018 When I purchased this coin I was aware of the RIC plate coin and then this one. Since then I have seen one more cross the auction block. I am therefore aware of 3 of these in total. This is an early coin for Vespasian from the Ephesus mint. I really like the Ephesus portraits. They have a style unlike any other mint for Vespasian denarii. I also really lik

Vespasian AR Denarius 76 CE 'O' Mint

Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.) silver denarius. Unknown ‘o’ mint Ephesus?, (‘O’ beneath bust in obverse. 76 A.D. 19mm., 3,00g Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: FIDES PVBL, hands clasped over caduceus. two poppies and two corn-ears. Ric 1475 (R) Ex: Savoca 19th Blue Auction Lot 1132 April 20, 2019 (Sold for 61 USD plus fees) Catawiki auction May 7, 2019 Sold by Lucernae I just realized today that I had bought this last year and had not uploaded it to this blog. On first sight this does not appear to be a special coin. It is quite worn. The devices appear clearer on the reverse. This coin is special and rare because of the mint. RIC attribute this issue to Uncertain mi

Titus as Caesar AR Denarius 74 CE

Titus Silver denarius, 74 CE Rome (3.160g, maximum diameter 19.3mm, die axis 180o ) Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP counter-clockwise from lower right, laureate head right; Rev: PONTIF TR POT (priest, holder of Tribunitian power) counter-clockwise from lower right, Titus seated right on curule chair, long scepter vertical in right hand, palm branch in extended left hand; RIC II-2 695 [VESP] (R3, this coin and this coin illustrated in the plates), RSC II- BMCRE II -, SRCV I -, Cohen I -, Hunter I -, This is the RIC plate coin! no recorded sales of the type on Coin Archives for the last two decades; extremely rare Ex Stack’s Bowers Galleries January 2019 NYINC Auction 11-12 January 2019 Lot 41006 (part



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