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Domitian RIC-591
AR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 591 (R2). BMC 129. RSC 242. BNC 119.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2014.

88 was a busy year for Domitian. A war against the Dacians was being fought to avenge the defeat of Cornelius Fuscus (earlier in 86) by Domitian's legate Tettius Julianus, resulting in a victory at the Dacian capital of Tapae late in the year. Also, the Secular Games were held mid to late year and commemorated on the coinage after September. On 1 January 88 Domitian still held his 14th imperial acclamation, but soon he was to rack up three more by the year's end. This coin is dated by his 15th imperial acclamation, presumably from the Dacian campaign, awarded sometime in late summer just before the new title TR P VIII is recorded on the coinage in mid September. The issue this coin is from is quite rare, indicating a very small period of time it could have been struck.

A rare coin in excellent style and condition.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [May 01, 2014 at 07:25 AM]
Nice example, I have two coins of this series but miss that one.
ancientdave  [May 01, 2014 at 05:40 PM]
Very nice coin. Nice write-up on the rarity as well!!
ickster  [May 02, 2014 at 03:29 AM]
Nice coin and excellent info!
*Alex  [May 03, 2014 at 09:18 AM]
Interesting write up David. I enjoyed reading it.
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