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Domitian RIC-788
AR Denarius, 2.95g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788 (C2). BMC 231. RSC 293.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Acquired from Pegasi, May 2014. Ex Pegasi Auction 17, 6 November 2012, lot 467 (unsold).

An exquisite denarius from the last great issue of Domitian's reign. The coin is in superb late style with a portrait exhibiting the "lofty aspiration" upward gaze. Common to be sure, but this one is uncommonly beautiful.

Struck on a large flan and perfectly centered.
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Jay GT4  [May 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM]
Very nice David, congrats on another great coin
quadrans  [May 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM]
Nice piece..
kc  [May 12, 2014 at 02:10 PM]
very nice...the head looks up to the sky. has this a special meaning?
Sam  [May 12, 2014 at 06:39 PM]
WOW ! this is really lovely.
Nemonater  [May 15, 2014 at 02:16 AM]
What a striking portrait. Nothing common about that piece!