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Domitian RIC-820
AR Denarius, 2.99g
Rome mint, 96 AD
RIC 820 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Ex Savoca Numismatik, eBay, 10 April 2015.

It is not often one can date a coin to within four or five days. This very rare denarius, part of Domitian's last issue, was struck in the span of just a few days between 14 September 96, when he assumed TR P XVI, and 18 September 96, the date of his assassination. As far as I know this is the third known example of the Minerva type 4 (all three from the same dies) from this issue, indicating just how rare it is. The TR P XVI date is also known for the M1, M3, winged Minerva, and Maia types. Most likely the mint immediately halted production once word reached them of the assassination, melting down all the new coinage that had not already been issued because of the Damnatio Memoriae decreed by the Senate against Domitian.

Engraved in typical late period style. Unusually, Domitian is seen here with neck wrinkles.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 30, 2015 at 07:29 AM]
Great find. Congrats!
Jay GT4  [Apr 30, 2015 at 09:22 AM]
It pays to know your stuff
Nemonater  [Apr 30, 2015 at 09:55 AM]
Wonderful find!
Matt Inglima  [Apr 30, 2015 at 04:40 PM]
An amazing history to go with this wonderful coin!
ickster  [Apr 30, 2015 at 05:03 PM]
Congrats on this find! Great write up as well. Thanks for sharing.
ancientdave  [May 01, 2015 at 04:34 AM]
A great find!
gordian_guy  [May 01, 2015 at 12:32 PM]