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Domitian RIC-339
AR Denarius, 2.82g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: IMPVIIII COS XI CENS POT P P; Minverva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 339 (R2). BMC 80. RSC 180a. BNC 83.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, October 2015. Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

A denarius which is part of the rare fourth issue of 85. This issue is the first struck after Domitian reduced the fineness of the denarius by 5% to the old Neronian level after having raised it in 82 to the Augustan standard. Despite the reduction in fineness this is a remarkably well crafted series signified by the aegis, which only appeared in issues of special note.

A well executed portrait in fine style. Struck on an oblong flan which does not detract too much from the coin's overall appeal.
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orfew  [Oct 12, 2015 at 12:46 PM]
great coin David
FlaviusDomitianus  [Oct 12, 2015 at 01:46 PM]
Nice! Luckily I already got all them JM denarii!
Matt Inglima  [Oct 12, 2015 at 03:48 PM]
A wonderful coin, along with your usual brilliant insight.
quadrans  [Oct 12, 2015 at 04:12 PM]
Nice pick up...
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