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Domitian RIC-788A
AR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
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)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik, eBay, 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
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okidoki  [Apr 25, 2018 at 02:13 PM]
very nice, aegis always special
Mat  [Apr 25, 2018 at 03:21 PM]
Great addition
Jay GT4  [Apr 25, 2018 at 04:27 PM]
Oh that's Nice!
quadrans  [Apr 30, 2018 at 11:21 PM]
Nice piece..
Nemonater  [May 01, 2018 at 12:11 AM]
Great portrait, what a nose on that one!
Jim H  [May 18, 2018 at 12:53 PM]
An amazing find!