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« on: November 10, 2014, 06:55:15 pm »

Domitian denarius, RIC II 680, perhaps the first official coin minted for him. Interestingly the die axis is 2h, which I haven't seen for other denarii of the Flavian era.

Obverse legend should read CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III, but the CAES and III are completely missing. Possibly due to filled dies? Significant wear on the obverse, but traces of the beard are still visible.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2014, 07:14:24 pm »

This should read COS II (Domitian became COS III in 75). The missing legends can be explained by a combination of wear and a weak strike.

Nicely toned example!
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2014, 07:56:46 pm »

Very interesting portrait.  Looks like he had a rough night!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 09:14:06 pm »

Thanks for the comments David and Jay. I think it's more likely the CAES and II are missing due to a weak strike, as the flan is just smooth where the inscription should be. Or perhaps the toning has hidden traces of the letters.

I'm a little disappointed to see no clear indication of the "sceptre with human head" which RIC II 1962 mentioned.  Smiley If anyone has a better example I'd love to see it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 10:02:08 pm »

Here's mine:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-54234
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2014, 01:43:56 am »

Hello traveler,

congrats on a nicely toned coin.

By the way RIC 680 can not be considered under any circumstances the first official coin minted in the name of Domitian.

Actually it was preceded in 72 A.D. by the issue of asses with legend COS DES II, and in 73 A.D. by the issue of aurei and denarii with the  counterclockwise obverse legend (here is my RIC 439: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-102407).

As for the shape of the sceptre, it can be hardly be appreciated even in EF examples. Try this one: http://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=453839

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