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Domitian RIC 04
AR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Seat, draped; above, thunderbolt
RIC 4 (C). BMC 1. RSC 554. BNC 1.

The early issues of Domitian show a progression of the titles he assumed soon after his accession. This denarius is part of the first issue, evident by Domitian's sparse titles of IMP, AVG and TRP only, he is not yet Pontifex Maximus (PONT or PM) or Pater Patriae (P P). The reverse is a pulvinaria type carried over from Titus. The style is identical to the Domitian as Caesar denarii struck under Titus as well. NB: Thunderbolt is not winged.

A good example of the early portrait style.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Feb 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM]
Nice catch, I miss that one!
ancientdave  [Feb 18, 2014 at 04:25 PM]
Very cool early portrait style!
Jim H  [Aug 03, 2018 at 02:38 AM]
David, great point about the wingless thunderbolt! You should call this one RIC 4 corr!
David Atherton  [Aug 03, 2018 at 10:22 PM]
Jim, the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda deletes 'winged' in the type's description. Hopefully it will be published soon!
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