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Domitian RIC 36
AR Denarius, 3.23g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
RIC 36 (R). BMC 9. RSC 62. BNC 10.
Acquired from Hall's Hammered Coins, May 2014.

If one would like evidence of continued uninterrupted mint production during the transition from Titus' to Domitian's reign, one need look no further than the pulvinaria series of denarii struck by both brothers. Titus began issuing these religious types in 80 as IMP XV, which is the last imperial acclamation recorded on his coinage. Oddly enough when Domitian was proclaimed emperor upon Titus' death a year later in September 81 these are the first types struck for him, despite a previous mint hiatus. Apparently the mint did not have many new types in readiness for Domitian. It is also quite possible religious appropriations were still required by the state when Domitian ascended to the purple.

This reverse type from the 3rd group of 81 featuring a draped chair and thunderbolt is likely the pulvinar of Jupiter. Strangely enough TRP is absent from the legends, why this is so I cannot say. It's a puzzling mystery considering the first group of denarii indeed record it.

The youthful portrait style is identical to those struck for Domitian as Caesar under Titus. Nicely toned and well centered.
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Mat  [Jun 09, 2014 at 12:13 PM]
A solid addition, David.
ancientdave  [Jun 09, 2014 at 04:49 PM]
Very nice. Great style and toning!
quadrans  [Jun 09, 2014 at 07:29 PM]
Nice piece..and nice toning I agree..
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