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Domitian RIC-573
AR Denarius, 3.32g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 573 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP•CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP•XIIII COS•XIIII CENS•P•P•P; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield (M1)
Acquired from eBay, January 2018.

Very rare with 'GERMAN'. So rare in fact, Ian Carradice needed confirmation denarii existed with this spelling when he wrote Coinage and Finances In the Reign of Domitian in 1983. Since the publication of that work several examples have surfaced. The issue this denarius is from also features extremely rare aegis portraits. I think what we have here are the markings of a special issue, perhaps struck in conjunction with the Secular Games which were held the same year the special denarii were struck. The series also features many coins engraved in fine 'Flavian baroque' style, as clearly seen on this example.

Well centred and fine style.
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Jay GT4  [Jan 18, 2018 at 01:09 AM]
Nice find David. Definitely on my list
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 18, 2018 at 06:56 AM]
Nice find, congrats.
Randygeki(h2)  [Jan 21, 2018 at 06:03 AM]
Cool addition
Nemonater  [Jan 21, 2018 at 09:31 AM]
Great portrait!