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09e Domitian as Caesar-RIC 1496
AR Denarius, 3.17g
Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 1496 (R2). BMC 489. RSC 369. RPC 1469 (2 spec.).
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck
Rev: PON MAX TR P COS IIII; Winged caduceus
Acquired from Britaly Coins, April 2016.

The small series struck under Vespasian this coin comes from is quite mysterious. The mint is not known for certain, although Ephesus is a prime suspect. K. Butcher and M. Ponting in The Metallurgy of Roman silver Coinage analysed the Ephesian and 'o' mint series and their data shows both issues are made from the same bullion. Not definitive proof the two series are from the same mint, but good evidence of a strong link. Unlike the Ephesian series, the 'o' issue is full of blundered legends and mules. This denarius struck for Domitian Caesar has a PON MAX reverse legend, an impossible title for the young prince. However, what the mint masters lacked in competency, the engravers made up for in their stylish portraits.

A wonderful portrait struck on a large flan. An obverse die match with my RIC V1494.
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Nemonater  [May 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM]
What a dramatic portrait, I really love it. The rarity is just a bonus!
Jay GT4  [May 10, 2016 at 10:58 AM]
Great style!
Mat  [May 10, 2016 at 11:13 AM]
Love the portrait
Sam  [May 10, 2016 at 02:29 PM]
A wonderful portrait and rare. Congratulations David.
Pharsalos  [May 10, 2016 at 09:12 PM]
I've never seen this type before; the portrait is superb. The eye in particular is full of expression.
ancientdave  [May 11, 2016 at 03:32 AM]
A very nice find!