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Domitian RIC-657
AR Denarius, 3.23g
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 CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear amd shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 657 (R). BMC 148. RSC 247. BNC 139.
Acquired from Zurqieh, April 2016

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 and the fact they were being awarded at a fairly rapid pace due to increased military activity along the Danube.

Solid portrait struck on good metal. Much better in hand.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [May 13, 2016 at 06:55 AM]
Great find, congrats!
Kained but Able  [May 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM]
Great when you can get such a precise date. Helps when an emperor was regularly being awarded titles. Lovely piece.
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