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Domitian RIC-569
AR Denarius, 3.21g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMPCAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CENS PPP across field; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 569 (R). BMC 140. RSC 26a. BNC -.
Ex Roma E9, 30 June 2014, lot 447.

Early in 88 a remarkable series of rare issues were struck. The mark of these issues were the full spelling of GERMANICVS (also GERMANIC) on the obverse, and the reverse featuring short legends written across the field. The flans are normally large and the style quite fine. Perhaps this exceptional series is commemorative in nature: the year was full of military activity and of course the Saecular Games were held. Unusually, the TR P and IMP numbers are missing from the issue.

This denarius has all the hallmarks of this quality issue. A real beauty in hand. Same dies as the BM specimen (RIC II plate coin).
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 10, 2014 at 05:42 AM]
Love these GERMANIC and across field legend types! Mine is from different dies.
Mat  [Jul 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM]
Lovely portrait & reverse.
ancientdave  [Jul 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM]
I really like the minimalist design of the reverse on this one. Nice find!
labienus  [Jul 22, 2014 at 03:54 PM]
Agree with ancientdave. Very sober so, so lovely.
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