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Domitian RIC-784
AR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, 95-96 AD
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; Altar, with two figures of soldiers, flanked by aquilae; under each aquila on top of the altar is a seated captive
RIC 784 (R2). BMC 237B. RSC 296. BNC 212.
Ex Solidus, eBay, 13 April 2014.

The months leading up to Domitian's assassination saw the mint at Rome experimenting with many new reverse types (winged Minerva, Maia, temple reverses), breaking the monotony of the four standard Minerva types that had previously dominated the denarius. These new types are exceedingly rare however and were perhaps experimental in nature. This denarius has one of the new reverse types consisting of an altar and is quite impressive. The altar with its aquilae and soldiers is obviously military in nature and may perhaps be a commemorative issue.

A typical example of the mint's late period style in good metal and nicely centred. Same dies as, MONNAIES 55, lot 138.
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Mat  [Apr 23, 2014 at 10:50 PM]
A great addition, congrats. Shame these are hard to find
FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 24, 2014 at 05:03 AM]
Excellent buy.
socalcoins  [Apr 27, 2014 at 08:28 PM]
Awesome coin David!