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Domitian RIC-585
AR Denarius, 3.04g
Rome mint, 88 AD
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. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 585 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Private Collection

This denarius is from a very common issue struck in 88 which is peppered with exceedingly rare variants. Here we have an obverse legend spelling of 'GERMAN' instead of the much more common 'GERM'. The experimental nature of the scarce variants perhaps ties them with the Secular Games which were held later the same year. After 88, new legends and reverse designs did not make another appearance on Domitian's denarius issues until the last year (or months) of his reign in 95-96.

Fine portrait on a broad flan.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Feb 20, 2018
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Jay GT4  [Feb 20, 2018 at 09:05 AM]
Great eye David
FlaviusDomitianus  [Feb 20, 2018 at 10:01 AM]
Looks like a die-match with mine
Mat  [Feb 20, 2018 at 11:32 AM]
another nice find
andi89  [Feb 20, 2018 at 03:49 PM]
An AVG missing in description of avers otherwise
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 21, 2018 at 03:05 AM]
David Atherton  [Feb 21, 2018 at 05:22 AM]
Thaks andi89 for informing me of the mistake. It is now corrected!