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Domitian RIC-656
AR Denarius, 3.44g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENSPPP; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 656 (R). BMC 147. RSC 246. BNC -.
Ex Solidus Numismatics, eBay, 17 June 2015.

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. Domitian's imperial acclamations were piling up fairly rapidly during this time period due to increased military activity along the Danube.

A solid denarius in fine style.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 29, 2015 at 12:26 PM]
Nice coin with a stylish portrait.
Jay GT4  [Jun 29, 2015 at 06:06 PM]
His portraits are really growing on me.
ancientdave  [Jun 30, 2015 at 01:31 AM]
This is an all around fantastic coin, appealing in multiple ways.
Charles S  [Jun 30, 2015 at 02:26 AM]
A wonderful coin !
quadrans  [Jun 30, 2015 at 03:17 AM]
Nice pice..
Nemonater  [Jun 30, 2015 at 08:53 AM]
Excellent
*Alex  [Jun 30, 2015 at 09:30 AM]
Great coin David. Congratulations.
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