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Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)

Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM

Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorate with three crescents TR P COS VII DES VIII PP

RIC 67; BMC 17

Purchased from Romanrum.com

March 1, 2019

This coin is rare with this reverse legend. I really like the denarii from groups 1-4 of 81 CE because this was Domitian's first coinage as Augustus. There is some discussion about the production order of these 4 groups of coins. Domitian's denarii would become dominated by the Minerva reverse so these early issues are interesting for the variety of reverses they display. Many of the reverse were carried over from the denarii of his brother Titus.

Though worn, I still think this coin has lots of charm, especially the portrait. this combined with this reverse made this coin must have.

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