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Domitian RIC-661
AR Denarius, 3.13g
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. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 661 (R). BMC 150. RSC 244. BNC 141.
Acquired from CNG, November 2014.

All the coins that record Domitian's 17th imperial salutation are quite rare. Most likely it was awarded for some long forgotten battle during the campaign against the Dacians. 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 and/or very early in 89.

The portrait style is quite superb. The engravers at Rome were really doing some outstanding work during this time period.


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Legatus  [Dec 01, 2014 at 01:28 PM]
Very nice.
Nemonater  [Dec 01, 2014 at 02:21 PM]
Wonderful piece
renegade3220  [Dec 02, 2014 at 01:55 AM]
Bravo as usual!
Jay GT4  [Dec 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM]
Great style
quadrans  [Dec 02, 2014 at 06:14 PM]
Wonderful portret.., nice coin I agree..
ancientdave  [Jan 08, 2015 at 04:41 PM]
Awesome coin!
okidoki  [Jan 29, 2015 at 02:53 PM]
nice portrait
Jim H  [Oct 18, 2016 at 03:11 AM]
Interesting aegis on the Min4. You rarely see that.
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