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Domitian RIC-841
AR Cistophorus, 9.81g
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD
RIC 841 (C). BMC 251. RSC 23. RPC 864 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CAPIT across field, RESTIT in exergue; Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minverva
Acquired from Tom Cederlind, February 2013.

In 80 AD while Titus was away in Campania surveying the damage Vesuvius had caused in the region the previous Fall, a devastating fire broke out in Rome, damaging much of the city center. One of the most important buildings affected by the fire was the Temple of Capitoline Jupiter, rebuilt recently by Vespasian. It being the most sacred and important building in Rome, Titus began rebuilding it immediately. Construction was still ongoing when Titus died of natural causes in September of 81. Domitian completed the structure the following year and it was said no expense was spared. The building Domitian dedicated was a lavish structure, magnificent in appearance featuring Pentelic marble, gold plated doors, and a roof of gilded bronze.

This cistophorus minted in Rome for export to Asia Minor commemorates the new Temple of Jupiter Domitian bestowed on Rome. Curiously, although the building featured six columns, only four are seen here. Statues of the deities Juno, Jupiter (seated) and Minverva can be seen between the columns.

A most wonderful coin in hand.
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SPQR Matt  [Feb 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM]
An amazing coin with an amazing history!
Legatus  [Feb 25, 2013 at 02:33 PM]
quadrans  [Feb 26, 2013 at 02:41 AM]
Nice one
Lucas H  [Feb 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM]
Amazing. I've never seen that one in trade before. Good catch.
ancientdave  [Feb 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM]
Love that reverse!
Jay GT4  [Mar 05, 2013 at 03:26 AM]
+1 love the reverse
Sosius  [May 23, 2013 at 04:22 PM]
+2! Reverse is great.
Sam  [Sep 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM]