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Domitian RIC 34
AR Denarius, 3.23g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 34 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A very rare early denarius from Domitian's reign. The RIC plate coin (which this example shares dies with) is listed as R3 (unique). The reverse type, a carryover pulvinar issue of Titus is itself not rare, it's the obverse legend containing PONT which makes this a rare type. The "PONT" series were minted before Domitian obtained the full title Pontifex Maximus, presumably until the religious rites were completed which would confer the title to him. Most "PONT" denarii are listed as R2 or R3. This type can now be updated to R2.

A wonderful coin in good metal with an appealing early portrait of Domitian.
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Jay GT4  [Aug 23, 2011 at 08:06 PM]
Congrats david. Nice stubble under the chin on Domitian!
Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 24, 2011 at 08:43 AM]
really cool, congrats!