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Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE

Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE (18mm 3.0g) Obv: Head laureate left; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Rev: CERES seated left with poppies corn ears and torch; TR POT X COS VIIII RIC 1063, BMC--; RSC--; Zeus Numismatics budget auction 12 lot #470 August 28, 2020 This coin is from an interesting issue of Vespasian denarii during 79 CE. There are many interesting reverse types in this issue and many of them are quite rare. In fact there are many more rare types in this issue than common types. So, yes, I like rare coins and I find them interesting. However, there is more to it than that. When I saw the seller's photo I thought that the actual coin was going to be better than the photo would have one beli

Domitian AR Cistophorus 95 CE

Domitian AR Cistophorus 95 CE (26mm 6h) Obv: laureate head of Domitian right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS Rev: Distyle temple inscribed ROM ET AVG containing figure of Augustus, standing facing, spear in right hand, being crowned with right hand by female figure of Roma (on right), cornucopia in left hand RIC 854 2020 September 9-10 Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction #232037 Lot #62175 Until this purchase I had no Cistophori of Domitian. I bought one for Titus a while ago but had not found a Domitian example that I liked. I saw this one and decided to try to get it. This is a very rare coin. There are types of Cistophori for Domitian that are quire common, but not this

Vespasian AR Denarius 73 CE (Group 7)

Vespasian AR denarius 73 CE Ephesus (Group 7) (3.23 g) Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS IIII TRP PP Rev: Ceres seated left on ornate high backed chair; with corn ears poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue star; CONCORDIA AVG RIC 1453, RPC 850 Group 7 denarii for Vespasian in 73 CE are all rare. There are three coin types in the group. It so happens that this one is the most common of them. However, it is in itself a very rare coin. This coin is R2 (very few examples known) while the other 2 are R3 (one example known). These Ephesian denarii have a style all of their own. I prefer the interesting portraits of Ephesus to the sometimes repetitive Rome portraits. This coin has a l

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4) Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM Rev: Minerva standing left with victory and scepter at feet shield; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP RIC 62, BMC 13, RSC 564 Though this coin is listed by RIC as common it is at the least a scarce coin. It is not an easy one to find if you are actively looking. It is a Group 4 denarius from 81 CE- Domitian's first year as Augustus. The obverse legend is on the most common of Domitian's first year denarii. What makes this coin scarce is the reverse. Yes, that is Minerva with a shield at her feet and Minerva is very common on Domitian denarii. In fact many collectors believe that the Minerva denarii a



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