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Domitian RIC-507
AR Denarius, 3.54g
Rome mint, 87 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP•XIIII COS XIII CENS•P•P•P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear amd shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 507 (C). BMC 103. RSC 218. BNC 104.
Acquired from CGB, July 2014.

The first denarius issue of 87 continued in the same style and format as those of 86 (an unadorned, idealised portrait with the four basic Minervas on the reverse), setting a tone the rest of the reign for the denarii. These issues were quite small compared with what was to come over the next nine years. This coin from the first issue has a very idealised portrait in the Flavian baroque style. Icy cool with an expression of "critical disdain" as C. H. V. Sutherland put it in his book "Roman Coins".

Struck on a large flan and well centred. Unusually, a bit of Domitian's beard is visible as well.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Jul 28, 2014
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SPQR Matt  [Jul 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM]
A very handsome example!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 28, 2014 at 02:49 PM]
Well done.
Jay GT4  [Jul 28, 2014 at 04:50 PM]
Another great portrait for your collection
quadrans  [Jul 31, 2014 at 03:08 PM]
Nice one ...
gordian_guy  [Aug 11, 2014 at 02:36 AM]
This is a great coin - I do love the Minervas with Owl!!
Mat  [Aug 11, 2014 at 03:00 AM]
Wonderful portrait!