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01 Domitian as Caesar RIC 541
AR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 541 (R2). BMC 129 var. RSC 664.
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 701. = Helios, ebay, 29 November 2010 (A. Lynn Collection).

This is an extremely rare denarius of Domitian as Caesar, the second earliest minted at Rome. Here the legend is clockwise, the much more common Domitian on horseback type has the legend anticlockwise. The reverse may allude to Domitian's participation in Vespasian and Titus' joint triumph where he rode a 'magnificent' steed. The obverse is a die match with the RIC plate coin from Oxford.

The early portrait on this one is quite outstanding.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Jul 29, 2013
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HELEN S  [Jul 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM]
That is a top quality bust legend not retorgrade and a rarity gives this coin top marks
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 29, 2013 at 01:14 PM]
Awesome coin!
Lucas H  [Jul 29, 2013 at 04:14 PM]
Johny SYSEL  [Jul 29, 2013 at 05:14 PM]
really gorgeous coin!
quadrans  [Jul 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM]
Very nice...
Nemonater  [Jul 29, 2013 at 09:17 PM]
renegade3220  [Jul 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM]
Out of the park as usual. I would say right down center field on this one! Congratulations.
Lloyd  [Jul 30, 2013 at 01:26 AM]
Very nice. Interesting uncluttered reverse.
ickster  [Jul 30, 2013 at 03:32 AM]
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
Jay GT4  [Jul 31, 2013 at 07:43 PM]
Very nice! Great reverse but the portrait is amazing!
ancientdave  [Aug 01, 2013 at 05:01 PM]
Fantastic toning and detail, a real stunner!!
Kim B. N  [Aug 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM]
I just like that nose Superb coin congrats David!
Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 04, 2013 at 04:22 AM]
Excellent coin!
hill132  [Aug 19, 2013 at 02:12 AM]
carthago  [Aug 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM]
Very interesting and great looking coin.
Sam  [Aug 23, 2013 at 01:19 PM]
Amazing . Congratulations David.
socalcoins  [Nov 26, 2013 at 01:58 AM]
Beautiful coin, David!
Sam  [Nov 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM]
Music in a coin.