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Domitian RIC-568
AR Denarius, 3.12g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 568 (R2). BMC 139. RSC 27.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CENS PPP across field; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side (M3)
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Minted in early 88 AD, the reverse features Domitian's assumption of perpetual censor. The legend CENS P P P across field is quite rare and the series of denarii this coin is apart of was quite short lived, perhaps commemorative in nature.

The portrait is done in a remarkably fine 'Flavian baroque' style and is one of the most artistically pleasing of Domitian I've ever come across. There is not a lot of wear and traces of his "mutton chop" sideburns are still visible in hand. The pleasing attributes the engraver has given Domitian here is quite commendable!

Struck on a large flan (20mm), this is one of my finest denarii of Domitian, both stylistically and fabric wise.
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Caesar's Ghost  [Feb 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM]
A fantastic coin! Congratulations!
Kained but Able  [Feb 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM]
A real beauty here, David. Great information alongside.
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM]
Now thats a good looking coin!
Mat  [Feb 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM]
Amazing, love this coin alot. Congrats on it David.
Lloyd T  [Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM]
A very interesting coin in splendid style and condition. Great explanation and write up of its significance.
Mark Z  [Feb 28, 2012 at 09:07 PM]
This is why we collect! 5 Stars!
Sam  [Sep 07, 2013 at 12:23 AM]
Indeed , very interesting coin , David you should get PhD in Domitian !