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Domitian RIC 64
AR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with corn ears
RIC 64 (R). BMC p. 301 note. RSC 573. BNC 14.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, group lot 806.

The pulvinar seat type with a semicircular frame is strangely not a common one among the group four denarii of 81 AD. Also, the presence here of corn ears instead of three crescents is rare as well. The BMCRE notes and the RSC entry cites only the crescents for this type (see my RIC 100 for an example of the crescent type). A rare coin indeed!

A pleasing portrait on an unusually well centered and struck early type. Part of the Pulvinaria series issued by Titus and Domitian.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Feb 06, 2013
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Jay GT4  [Feb 06, 2013 at 10:02 PM]
I don't think I would have noticed. Nice one!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Feb 07, 2013 at 05:52 AM]
Another great find. Congrats!
Nemonater  [Feb 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM]
A wonderful portrait.
quadrans  [Feb 14, 2013 at 02:56 AM]
Nice find ...