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Domitian RIC-511
AR Denarius, 3.35g
Rome mint, 87 AD
Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVG GERMP MTR P VI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 511 (C). BMC 107. RSC 213. BNC 107.

The first denarius issue of 87 continued in the same style and format as those of 86 (an unadorned, idealised portrait with the four basic Minervas on the reverse), setting a tone the rest of the reign for the denarii. These issues were quite small compared with what was to come over the next nine years. This coin from the first issue has a very idealised portrait in the Flavian baroque style. Icy cool with an expression of "critical disdain" as C. H. V. Sutherland put it in his book "Roman Coins".

Struck on a large flan with a stunning portrait in extraordinary condition - part of Domitian's mutton-chops beard is visible, a very rare thing indeed. One of the finest portraits of him in my collection.
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Jay GT4  [May 21, 2014 at 08:51 PM]
An outstanding example!
Molinari  [May 21, 2014 at 09:01 PM]
Very nice
ancientdave  [May 21, 2014 at 09:44 PM]
Another stunner!
Sam  [May 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM]
Extraordinary coin , amazing in every way , congratulations David.
quadrans  [May 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM]
Hoops nice one ..
Skyler  [May 22, 2014 at 03:52 AM]
Great detail, great pic
kc  [May 22, 2014 at 04:26 AM]
nice addition to your collection!
FlaviusDomitianus  [May 22, 2014 at 08:06 AM]
Excellent addition indeed!
labienus  [May 25, 2014 at 03:22 PM]
very, very lovely
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