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Domitian RIC 12
AR Denarius, 2.93g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 12 (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Dolphin coiled around anchor
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, January 2018.

A lot of interesting things are going on with this 81 AD Group 2 pulvinar denarius. Firstly, there is the rare 'PONT' obverse legend with DOMITIANVS fully spelled out. Secondly, an exceedingly rare reverse legend beginning with P P. And lastly, there is no TRP number. All of these elements combine together resulting in a very rare variant of a common type; as a matter of fact, this is the second known specimen! The new RIC II.1 was the first catalogue to publish this rare variant. Of note, my example is a reverse die match with the RIC 13 plate coin, which is the other rare dolphin/anchor variant from the group with the shorter DOMITIAN obverse legend.

NB: I am at a loss to explain why this issue lacks a TRP number, considering the previous issue (Domitian's first) records it.

Handsome, if a bit corroded.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 07, 2018 at 12:48 PM]
Nice rarity, congrats.
Jay GT4  [Mar 07, 2018 at 03:58 PM]
Great eye to catch it. Congrats
tito labieno  [Jul 01, 2018 at 05:17 PM]
Third known specimen.