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Domitian RIC 96
AR Denarius, 3.26g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 96 (C). BMC 29. RSC 593.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled round anchor
Acquired from Lucernae, September 2012.

A fairly common early pulvinar of Neptune reverse of Domitian which is a carry over from an issue of Titus' before his death the previous year. Most likely the reverse is part of a religious series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum. This reverse and the series it comes from would be discontinued later the same year when Domitian radically changed the coinage by introducing new types and increasing the fineness of the denarius.

A wonderful coin in hand with a few minor scrapes which don't detract from the overall eye appeal. This type is rarely seen in such fine condition.
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Mat  [Sep 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM]
A lovely addition. Good details on the dolphin.
FlaviusDomitianus  [Sep 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM]
Nice coin overall.
SPQR Coins  [Sep 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM]
A wonderful addition, congratulations on the find!
Lloyd T  [Sep 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM]
Very nice - love that enigmatic reverse!
Lucas H  [Sep 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM]
before the more stylized portrait
quadrans  [Nov 14, 2012 at 07:05 AM]
I like this type congrats