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Domitian as Caesar RIC-268
AR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome Mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
RIC 268 (C). BMC 86. RSC 381a.
Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield
Acquired from Amphora Coins, May 2008.

Domitian, as attested in Suetonius (Dom. 4), was crazy for Minerva and made her his patron Goddess, even going so far as to keep a shrine of her in his bed chambers (Dom. 17).

The denarii of Domitian as Augustus after 82 AD become almost monolithic in the devotion to Minerva which Domitian paid to his patron Goddess. It is quite obvious he had a hand in what kind of reverse types his coins featured.
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