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09 Domitian as Caesar RIC-1445
AR Denarius, 3.01g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 1445 (R). BMC 469. RSC 22. RPC 846 (4 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG F; Bust of Domitian, cuirassed, seen from front, Medusa head on breast of cuirass, fold of cloak on left shoulder, head bare, r.
Rev: AVG and EPHE in oak wreath
Ex CNG E88, 14 September 2011, lot 1302.

Minted in 71 AD, this denarius is part of the first series ever issued for Domitian. The draped and cuirassed bust type chosen here is unusual for the Flavian era...one wonders why it was used only for Domitian and not Vespasian or Titus. The reverse is a standard type shared with Vespasian and Titus at Ephesus.

I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to obtain a Domitian as Caesar denarius from Ephesus, these are wonderful coins.
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Marsman  [Sep 26, 2011 at 08:35 PM]
A beautiful portrait!
Jay GT4  [Sep 26, 2011 at 09:05 PM]
Interesting portrait for Domitian
Randygeki(h2)  [Sep 27, 2011 at 03:34 AM]
cool addition
Lucas H  [Sep 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM]
Outstanding hair and sideburns.
Potator II  [Sep 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM]
Ephesus style at it's best !
Lloyd T  [Oct 04, 2011 at 09:06 AM]
Great coin with an unusually sensitive portrait - it almost speaks.