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Domitian RIC-495
As, 9.67g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in field; Crossed pairs of shields, spears, and trumpets over vexillum
RIC 495 (C). BMC 392A. BNC -.
Acquired from eBay, February 2020. Ex Beast Coins.

In 85 AD Domitian's senatorial bronze mint began striking a series of Germania Capta types with various reverse designs to commemorate his recent victory over the Germanic Chatti. On the middle bronze there appears a type with crossed decorated shields and spears (captured Germanic arms) and trumpets(?) overlaid on a vexillum. Curiously, the 'trumpets' appear to look more like carynxes but are described in most of the literature concerning the type as simply (Roman?) trumpets. It would make sense if the trumpets in question were captured Germanic booty along with the spears and shields, perhaps the above coin bears that out. Curiously, for such a common type, it is missing from the Paris collection.

Fine style a beautiful patina.
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Mat  [Mar 13, 2020 at 01:23 PM]
Great patina and cool reverse
FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 13, 2020 at 07:33 PM]
Nice addition
Tracy Aiello  [Mar 13, 2020 at 11:45 PM]
Very nice indeed.
Jay GT4  [Mar 14, 2020 at 05:10 AM]
quadrans  [Mar 14, 2020 at 10:13 AM]
Nice piece..
kc  [Mar 14, 2020 at 06:13 PM]
Good example for this scarce type
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