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Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4) (18mm 3.1g) Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM Rev: Minerva advancing right with spear and shield; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP RIC 58; BMC 11; RSC 560 Purchased from Savoca 81st Blue auction July 19, 2020 Lot 942 While this is not a rare coin it is a scarce one. It is difficult to find one if you are looking for one. I bought this for a few reasons. First it is a first year type and I find the first types for Domitian as Augustus to be very interesting. Next, I really liked the portrait. Lastly, This is an early appearance of Minerva and Minerva would come to dominate the reverse of Domitian later in his rule. One of the reasons I am intere

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Vespasian AR Denarius 77-78 CE

Vespasian AR Denarius 77-78 CE 3.42 g Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Head laureate Left Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above 8 pointed star RIC 942, BMC 217, RSC 219 Purchased from Kolner Numimatics on Vcoins March 22, 2020 While not a rare coin this one is interesting anyway. The reverse was used on the coinage of Marc Antony. Vespasian reused many images from earlier reigns. One reason might be that he was making a connection between his rule and the glory days of Rome. The intent then might have been to add legitimacy to his rule in the opinion of the citizenry. This reverse was also used by Titus as Caesar under Vespasian. Perhaps this was a way to introduce the next emperor and put any qu

Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE

Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE Obv: Head Laureate left; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG Rev: Statue of radiate male figure with spear and parazonium on rostral column; TR POT X Cos VIIII Ric 1066; BMC 253; RSC 560 In the case of this coin, both the left and right facing types are considered rare. This type was also struck for Titus. The right facing types for Titus are common while the left facing counterparts are rare. The exception is RIC 10 which is a right facing type but is rare. I really like the reverse type with the radiate male figure on a a column adorned with rostra. I know the condition is not the best, but these are not that easy to find. When they are found they tend to be a popular ty

Vespasian AR Denarius 69-70 CE

Vespasian 69-70 CE AR Denarius Ephesus (17mm 3.15g) Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG Rev: AVG and symbol in Oak wreath RIC 1399; BMC 434; RSC 37 Purchased from Musa Numismatics June 24, 2020 Yes I know the reverse has a gouge across the top and yes I still wanted it. Though not exceptionally rare, these coins of Ephesus have quite a following with collectors and so there is usually great demand for any Ephesian type for the Flavians. I hope the reason I bought this coin is clear from the photo. The obverse portrait is in my opinion a stunning portrayal of Vespasian. Yes the Ephesian denarii have a style all of their own when compared to the Rome mint denarii, but even so this on

Vespasian AR Denarius

Vespasian 69-70 CE AR Denarius Uncertain Spanish mint. (18 mm 3.10 g,) Obv: Head laureate left; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG Rev: Victory stg left on globe holding palm; VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI RIC 1340 (R); BMC 362; RSC 630 Ex: Zeus Numismatics Budget Auction 9 June 20 2020, Lot 655 Now here an unusual denarius of Vespasian. The portrait is very strange when compared to other early portraits of Vespasian. There are a couple of possibilities with this coin. First, RIC calls the mint "uncertain Spanish mint". Some think that the mint was Taracco. After all, Vespasian's predecessor Vitellius had coins struck there with a similar reverse. Though there is a difference in portrait styles I also thi



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