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09d Domitian as Caesar- RIC 1495
AR Denarius, 3.26g
Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck
Rev: FIDES PVBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears
RIC 1495 (R). BMC 491. RSC -. RPC 1467 (4 spec.). BNC -.
Ex Solidus, eBay, 29 November 2013.

In 76 AD a mysterious series of denarii appeared in Asia Minor for Vespasian and his sons two years after Ephesus stopped minting denarii. The reverse types were copied from those contemporaneously produced at Rome and featured many mules and blundered legends. Often an 'o' mint mark is visible below the busts, giving rise to the theory that these may be the product of Ephesus. The style is also similar to the last series known from that mint.

Here is a rare reverse type for Domitian as Caesar. At Rome this type is only known for Vespasian and Titus. BMC 491 is listed as no mint mark below bust. A fine style portrait struck on a large flan. Same obverse die as my V1492.
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Sam  [Dec 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM]
Rare and Nice ,Congratulations.
FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM]
Nice addition!
quadrans  [Dec 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM]
Good pick up
Mat  [Dec 23, 2013 at 02:52 PM]
Wow, never seen this type/mint before. Wonderful!
Nemonater  [Dec 23, 2013 at 05:40 PM]
A different look for Domitian. Very interesting and nice!
kc  [Dec 25, 2013 at 08:51 AM]
Very interesting coin!!!
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