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Domitian as Caesar RIC-271
AR Denarius, 2.74g
Rome Mint, 80 AD (Titus)
RIC 271 (C2). BMC 98. RSC 399a.
Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS; Square seat, draped with cloth hanging in folds, with tassels: on it, crested Corinthian helmet
Acquired from Et Tu Antiquities, November 2007.

Domitian as Caesar issued this denarius under Titus in 80 AD. The reverse is part of the pulvinaria series which commemorates the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD.

Pulvinaria were sacred couches of the gods which had symbolic attributes set upon them. In this case, the Corinthian helmet and table are attributes of Minerva, the patron goddess of Domitian.

A wonderful denarius with a good portrait in a fine style.

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gb29400  [Dec 11, 2007 at 04:58 AM]
i like the portrait
Noah  [Dec 11, 2007 at 11:31 PM]
The portrait is outstanding for a denarius IMO
ROMA  [Dec 15, 2007 at 07:28 AM]
I like these Corinthian helmet reverses, sharp coin!
*Alex  [Dec 21, 2007 at 09:32 PM]
Congratulations. That is another nice coin.
SULLAIMP  [Jul 15, 2009 at 11:32 PM]
One of the most interesting denarii I've ever seen.
quadrans  [Sep 28, 2013 at 04:07 AM]
Nice example..