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Domitian RIC-669
AR Denarius, 3.02g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
RIC 669 (C3). BMC 153. RSC 251.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side (M3)
Acquired from Ken Dorney, June 2014.

The fourth issue of 88-89 records Domitian's 19th imperial acclamation, the largest issue by far of the time period. With wars being fought against both the Chatti and the Dacians the awards were coming fairly quickly one after another. Also, the revolt of the rebel legate Saturnius occurred in January of 89. Domitian did not take up the consulship in 89 (presumably he was away from Rome on campaign), so the imperial acclamations are the only way to differentiate the separate issues. T.V. Buttrey has proposed that his 19th salutation may in fact be for the victory over Saturnius, dressed up as a German victory (via private correspondence).

A decent coin with some minor corrosion featuring a sorrowful looking Domitian. Better in hand.
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quadrans  [Jul 01, 2014 at 04:16 AM]
Interesting coin and the history behind them..
ancientdave  [Jul 02, 2014 at 03:39 AM]
I really like this morose portrait of Domitian. Rarely do we see portraits that seem to convey true emotion, and rarer still when that emotion is so perfectly evocative of what we know of the emperors' character. A great find!