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Domitian RIC-657
AR Denarius, 3.23g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
RIC 657 (R). BMC 148. RSC 247.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear amd shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Zurqieh, April 2016

Domitian did not take the consulship in 89, so this rare denarius is dated by TR P VIII between September 88 and September 89. The date can be further narrowed down by the 17th imperial acclamation. A military diploma dated 7 November, 88 records Domitian as IMP XVII, so this issue must have been struck briefly at the end of 88, perhaps just a month or so due to the rarity of the acclamation number on the denarii and the fact they were being awarded at a fairly rapid pace due to increased military activity along the Danube.

Solid portrait struck on good metal. Much better in hand.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
File Size:126 KB
Date added:May 13, 2016
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FlaviusDomitianus  [May 13, 2016 at 06:55 AM]
Great find, congrats!
Kained but Able  [May 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM]
Great when you can get such a precise date. Helps when an emperor was regularly being awarded titles. Lovely piece.