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Domitian RIC 20
AR Denarius, 3.02g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Altar, garlanded and lighted
RIC 20 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 707. Acquired from Freeman & Sear in 2009, from the A. Lynn Collection. Ex. Hauck & Aufhauser 17, 18 March 2003, lot 258. Ex G. Hirsch 3, April 1954, lot 323.

This type is quite rare with the legend omitting TR P. Only two specimens are cited by RIC, this coin from the Hauck & Aufhauser 17 auction and another in a private collection.
The reverse type of an Altar with Flame is part of the "pulvinaria" series issued by Titus and Domitian as part of the commemorative issue for the opening games of the Colosseum. It is a carry-over reverse from Domitian as Caesar.

Toned and in excellent condition. An exquisite example of early Domitianic coinage.
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Lucas H  [Feb 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM]
Outstanding rarity as always in your collection.
kc  [Feb 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM]
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SPQR Coins  [Feb 18, 2013 at 01:31 PM]
5-Stars!!! Excellent coin!
*Alex  [Feb 18, 2013 at 02:11 PM]
Fantastic coin and a breath of fresh air seeing a Domitian without Minerva.
quadrans  [Feb 18, 2013 at 04:18 PM]
Huhhh outstanding
Nemonater  [Feb 18, 2013 at 07:14 PM]
Very, very nice!
Legatus  [Feb 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM]
Very nice coin
Potator II  [Feb 19, 2013 at 02:45 PM]
Yes, exquisite, indeed !
carthago  [Mar 13, 2013 at 05:36 PM]
Rare and beautiful...the perfect combination.
paul1888  [Mar 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM]
A very beautiful coin and a great addition to your collection.
Sam  [Aug 24, 2013 at 06:47 PM]
Superb
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