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Domitian RIC-707
∆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Jul 29, 2019
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 29, 2019 at 02:20 PM]
Nice example of the type.
Jay GT4  [Jul 29, 2019 at 03:43 PM]
Not bad!
okidoki  [Jul 29, 2019 at 04:45 PM]