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Domitian RIC-686
AR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 89 AD
RIC 686 (C2). BMC 159. RSC 258.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Athena Numismatics, June 2014.

Late in 89 Domitian was voted a double triumph over the Chatti and the Dacians. This common denarius struck between mid September and 31 December records Domitian's 21st imperial acclamation, the culmination of the two campaigns. The portrait style is quite unusual featuring a bull necked, heavily jowled Domitian, perhaps features more fitting for Vespasian.

A large flan specimen with a distinctive colourful patina.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Jun 16, 2014
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 16, 2014 at 06:40 PM]
Lovely toning on obverse
ancientdave  [Jun 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM]
A most interesting portrait style.
Randygeki(h2)  [Jun 16, 2014 at 08:09 PM]
Interesting addition!
Nemonater  [Jun 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM]
Oh My! I have never seen another like this. Great portrait and toning.
Sam  [Jun 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM]
Congratulations David. Amazing and distinguished Denarius.
Jay GT4  [May 12, 2019 at 08:34 PM]
Fantastic portrait