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Domitian RIC 68
AR Denarius, 3.08g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
RIC 68 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.

The early pulvinar denarii struck by Domitian tell the story of an emperor who was awarded titles in stages. The "PONT" series were minted before Domitian obtained the full title Pontifex Maximus, presumably until the proper religious rites were completed. Most "PONT" denarii are listed as R2 or R3. Interestingly, this Group 4 denarius shares the same obverse die as my very rare Group 3 RIC 34 with the same reverse type but with a different legend, proof that the two groups were struck simultaneously. At this time the mint was divided up into different officinae based on reverse types. No obverses die matches are found with different reverse types.

A great early style portrait and finely toned.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Domitian
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Date added:Jan 19, 2015
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 19, 2015 at 02:12 PM]
Nice find, I miss it!
Mat  [Jan 19, 2015 at 07:08 PM]
Beautiful coin, love the toning alone. Portrait is great too.
ancientdave  [Jan 20, 2015 at 06:36 PM]
Very nice!
Randygeki(h2)  [Jan 24, 2015 at 01:52 AM]
Nice coin. I'm jealous of all the cool Flavian coins you have.
orfew  [Aug 17, 2019 at 11:29 PM]
A wonderful coin. These PONT denarii are really interesting.