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Vespasian AR Denarius 77-78 CE

Vespasian Denarius AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 77-78 AD RIC 939 (R). BMC 203. RSC 129. Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r. Rev: COS VIII; Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak, fastened with belt round waist, standing l., holding spear slanting upwards l. in r. hand and trophy on l. shoulder in l. Corn-ear upright in ground r. Ex: Jesus Vico Online auction 7 Lot 81 January 23, 2020 This is my third example of this coin. I bought this one for the portrait. I love the hooked nose of Vespasian. While this coin is rare it is not excessively so (given that I have 3 of them). The Mars with trophy denarius is not usually a rare coin at all. The difference with this on

Domitian AR denarius 81 CE

Domitian. AD 81-96. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.47 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 13 September-31 December AD 81. Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAESAR DOMITANVS AVG Rev: Pulvinar (throne) of Jupiter and Juno: square seat, draped, with tassels: it has a triangular frame on it, on which are three vertical bars on each side and one palmette in center, there is a lituus under the triangular frame; TR P COS VII. RIC II.1 3 (Var), RSC 554a (var). Light tone over hairlined surfaces. Good VF. From the Benito Collection. CNG electronic auction 468 Lot 411 It so happens that I already have an example of this coin. This one, however, is a much nice coin than the first one i acquired. Okay, so it is a first yea

Domitian AR Quinarius 73 CE

Domitian AR Quinarius 75 CE (14mm 1.48g) Obv: Laureate head right; CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II Rev: Victory advancing right with wreath and palm; VICTORIA AVGVSTI RIC 560 [VESP] ; BMC p. 23 + and plate 3, 19; RSC 632 Purchased from INumis May 25, 2020 I have no idea why this lot went unsold at auction back in March. I stumbled across it a few weeks ago and inquired to the auction house and asked if it was still available. It was and I grabbed it. I had thought that the auction house made a mistake when they attributed this as RIC 560. In the auction house photo the obverse legend appeared to be COS III. That would make the coin RIC 790 [VESPASIAN]. However when I received the coin I realized the

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE (First Issue) Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII Rev: Minerva standing left with spear; IMP XIII COS XIIII CENS PPP RIC 585 (R2); BMC P. 325 note; RSC 233a Purchased from Victor's Imperial Coins May 10, 2020. So this looks like yet another Domitian denarius with a Minerva reverse. In one sense it is exactly that, however one should look more closely. Pay particular attention to the obverse legend. You will notice that GERMAN is used instead of the much more common GERM. This variation exists on only 4 types of Domitian denarii. This one, RIC 585, is one of those. I am also lucky enough to be the owner of one of the other 3 types RIC



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