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Domitian RIC 26
AR Denarius, 3.53g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 26 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1987. RSC 63.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
Acquired from CGB, November 2017. Ex CGB Live Auction, 1 August 2017, lot brm_440753 (unsold).

An interesting denarius from Domitian's Group 3 denarii, a carry-over type from Titus' pulvinaria series. Curiously, the reverse legend lacks a TRP date (a title Domitian was awarded upon accession), yet it is matched with an obverse legend employed later in the year. This reverse legend is more appropriate chronologically paired with the early 'PONT' obverse dies with which it also shares a link. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. A possible explanation for such an odd legend pairing would be the mint workers continuing to use old reverse dies with newly engraved obverses. With that in mind, it is not surprising die links between Groups 2, 3, and 4 are known. Generally, denarii with the reverse legend lacking TRP are quite scarce - all of the types in the group have a frequency rating of rare or very rare. The dolphin and anchor reverse is probably the most common one in the issue.

A pleasing 'pinched' portrait in fine metal.
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okidoki  [Nov 29, 2017 at 04:43 AM]
FlaviusDomitianus  [Nov 29, 2017 at 08:41 AM]
Nice small portrait
quadrans  [Nov 29, 2017 at 04:33 PM]
Great piece ..
Jay GT4  [Nov 29, 2017 at 05:31 PM]
NORMAN K  [Nov 30, 2017 at 12:32 AM]
beautiful portrait great detail. wow
peterpil19  [Nov 30, 2017 at 04:21 AM]
Portrait and the dolphin on the reverse - both exceptional!
Nemonater  [Dec 11, 2017 at 12:38 AM]
Fantastic portrait!