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Domitian RIC 05
AR Denarius, 3.30g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 5 (C). BMC 4. RSC 552.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Tripod with fillets; above, ravens, l. and r., and dolphin over wreath
Ex Lanz, eBay, 17 November 2013.

Domitian's 81 AD Group 1 denarii are fairly rare, issued perhaps within the first days of him obtaining the purple. The early dating of the type can be confirmed by the spartan-like reverse titles that show Domitian simply as Tribunica Potestat for the first time and Consul for the seventh. Domitian was notorious for his adherence to the correct form of his titles, as clearly evident here. He would not advertise any titles that had yet to be bestowed. The absence of PM or P P is glaringly apparent.

The reverse is a carry-over 'pulvinaria' type from Titus' reign and is the only appearance of the tripod with ravens in Domitian's 'pulvinaria' series. The group 1 denarii show an uncanny connection with reverse types previously minted for Titus, perhaps indicating little interruption in mint production between the reigns. The series may be connected to the opening games of the Flavian Amphitheatre.

A decent coin in fine metal with an early style reminiscent of Domitian as Caesar under Titus.
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quadrans  [Nov 25, 2013 at 08:54 PM]
Beautiful early portrait. I still miss that coin.
Jay GT4  [Nov 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM]
Great write up for an important coin
socalcoins  [Nov 26, 2013 at 01:56 AM]
Indeed... a great write-up and nice early portrait!
Sam  [Nov 26, 2013 at 09:59 PM]
Beautiful.