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Domitian RIC-568
AR Denarius, 3.12g
Rome mint, 88 AD
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)
RIC 568 (R2). BMC 139. RSC 27. BNC 129.
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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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Feb 27, 2012
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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 !