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09c Domitian as Caesar- RIC 1494
AR Denarius, 2.81g
Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck
Rev: COS IIII above; Pegasus r.
RIC 1494 (R2). BMC 488 bis. RSC 47 var. RPC 1465 (1 spec.). BNC -.
Ex G&N, eBay, 27 August 2015.

An unknown eastern mint struck a spate of denarii in 76 which copied many contemporary types from Rome. Both RIC and RPC speculate it possibly could be Ephesus, citing a similar style with a previous Ephesian issue from 74 and the use of an annulet as a mint mark. The issue is extremely rare. This denarius copies the much more common Pegasus type struck at Rome for Domitian. Domitian's connection to this unusual type perhaps can be explained by Pegasus' association with Athena/Minerva, Domitian's patron goddess. These eastern denarii are understandably confused with the issues from Rome, however, they can be distinguished by style and the annulet (if visible) below the bust.

A fine styled, nicely toned denarius.
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Mat  [Sep 07, 2015 at 12:20 PM]
Interesting portrait & neat reverse
Jay GT4  [Sep 07, 2015 at 12:26 PM]
Good eye David!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Sep 07, 2015 at 01:05 PM]
Great catch!
ickster  [Sep 07, 2015 at 02:10 PM]
Nice coin and good write up!
Nemonater  [Sep 07, 2015 at 03:03 PM]
Very nice!
okidoki  [Sep 08, 2015 at 05:49 PM]
Congrats with this winner
Sam  [Sep 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM]
A very interesting Denarius . Congratulations David.
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