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Domitian RIC-666
AR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XVIII COS XIIII CENS PPP; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 666 (R2). BMC p. 331 note. RSC 247a. BNC -.
Acquired from Lancelot Coin Co., eBay, March 2016.

A very rare denarius which records Domitian's 18th imperial acclamation, most likely struck in late 88. Imperial acclamations were coming fast and furious during the 88-89 time period, which is the primary means of differentiating the many various issues since Domitian did not take the consulship in 89. He was campaigning against the Dacians in 88 and presumably that is the likely explanation of the rapid succession of imperial acclamations during the time period. Those denarii with IMP XVIII are some of the rarest and were probably struck for just a few days. A military diploma dated 7 November, 88 records Domitian as IMP XVII, therefore this tiny issue must have been struck soon after that date at the end of 88 and/or very early in 89. RIC speculates mid December 88.

A nice solid denarius in good metal and fine style.
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orfew  [Mar 30, 2016 at 11:20 PM]
I love the reverse
Jay GT4  [Mar 30, 2016 at 11:47 PM]
Great eye as always David
FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 31, 2016 at 07:29 AM]
The reverse is possibly fro the same dies as mine. Nice find.
okidoki  [Apr 01, 2016 at 07:25 PM]
very nice David
quadrans  [Apr 05, 2016 at 03:32 AM]