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Domitian RIC-577
AR Denarius, 2.73g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 577 (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 stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Private Collection.

At first glance this Domitian Minerva denarius is nothing special, however, upon closer inspection one can see the obverse legend has the rare GERMAN spelling instead of the very common GERM. RIC cites only two specimens - one in Belgrade, another in a private collection. This is a very common issue from 88, but unusually it is peppered with scarce variants, such as this rare obverse legend. Other rarities include busts with aegis and a unique 5 aurei piece (subsequently stolen from Paris). Perhaps it's a special issue struck in conjunction with the Secular Games which were held in 88.

Worn, but with a fine style portrait.
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Jay GT4  [Jan 17, 2017 at 03:14 AM]
When you know what to look for...
Randygeki(h2)  [Jan 17, 2017 at 03:41 AM]
YOu got an eye for this for sure
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 17, 2017 at 05:23 AM]
Nice addition, congrats!