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Domitian RIC-555
AR Denarius, 2.88g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 555 (R2). BMC p. 325 note. RSC 233a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Ex Private Collection.

88 AD was the year Domitian held the Secular Games and the Rome mint struck a series of denarii with reverses that explicitly commemorated the event. Additionally, the mint was experimenting with the denarius' standard Minerva reverse designs and legends. These special Minerva issues struck early in 88 may have a connection to the games as well. This denarius has the normal Minerva with spear (M4) but unusually has the consular date across field and lacks the IMP number. Denarii with the legends across field are very rare. It is a Reverse die match with the RIC plate coin, a good indication of how rare the type is.

A bit under weight, but in fine style and nicely centred.
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Nemonater  [Feb 13, 2018 at 09:04 PM]
Awesome catch, first I've ever seen!
Jay GT4  [Feb 13, 2018 at 09:05 PM]
Me too! Awesome coin!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Feb 14, 2018 at 05:25 AM]
These are nice indeed.
quadrans  [Feb 14, 2018 at 03:01 PM]
Nice pick up..
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 18, 2018 at 06:07 AM]
Nice!