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Domitian RIC-601
AR Denarius, 3.27g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC inscribed on column; to r., incense burner, further r., Herald stg. l., with wand and shield
RIC 601 (C). BMC 135. RSC 73. BNC 124.
Acquired from Beast Coins, January 2010.

The type was minted in 88 AD in honour of the Secular Games Domitian held in that same year. Secular Games, or Ludi Saeculares, were theatrical games held at the end of a saeculum (the longest span of a human life, figured at 100 years). Domitian used the Augustan cycle, although he celebrated them six years early.

The reverse features a column with the inscription LVD SAEC FEC: "He Conducted the Secular Games", a herald who announced the games, and an incense burner for sacrifice. Quite a nice numismatic record of an event.

This is a type I've always wanted to add to the collection. Another reverse that pushes the limits of how much a die-cutter can fit onto such a small flan. Good metal and a decent portrait.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Feb 10, 2010
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krazy  [Feb 10, 2010 at 06:49 AM]
That is a very impressive find indeed. This reverse type is new to me. Congrats!
Tibsi  [Feb 10, 2010 at 08:25 AM]
What a wonderful reverse! Grat!
Jay GT4  [Apr 23, 2010 at 06:45 PM]
Very impressive!
Brian L  [Apr 23, 2010 at 07:32 PM]
Nice and great symbolism!
kc  [Sep 08, 2010 at 07:54 AM]
Great coin! Never seen this reverse before.
rexesq  [May 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM]
Very impressive indeed. I always did admire the 'Ludi Saeculares' issues.
Pedja R  [Sep 27, 2011 at 04:31 AM]
Lloyd T  [Feb 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM]
An unusually interesting reverse accompanied by a great explanation of its significance.