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Domitian RIC 75
AR Denarius, 3.32g
Rome Mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Tripod with fillets; above, dolphin
RIC 75 (R2). BMC 22 note. RSC 568d corr. BNC 20.
Acquired privately from Berk, 6 June 2013. Ex Berk 177, 15 November 2011, lot 275 (unsold). Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection

This 'pulvinar' denarius is an early issue minted within the first few months of Domitian's reign. Rare with this obverse legend, even rarer with left facing portrait - a portrait variant you don't see often on Domitian's denarii. RSC erroneously lists this type with ravens above tripod.

Ian Carradice speculates that this die, because it is so close in style to the left facing portraits of Titus, indeed may have originally been a Titus obverse recut for Domitian. All the left facing portraits from the issue are from this same die. Interestingly, the coin is from the Fourth issue of 81 and presumably was not struck straight away within the first days of the new reign but more likely later in the year.

The oblong flan would surely have not met up to Domitian's standards! Regardless, a decent coin in hand.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 10, 2013 at 02:15 PM]
Great catch, congrats!
quadrans  [Jun 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM]
I agree..
Jay GT4  [Jun 10, 2013 at 09:31 PM]
I like these left facing portraits!
TheEmpireNeverEnded  [Jun 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM]
So do I.
SPQR Matt  [Jun 11, 2013 at 02:53 AM]
It might not have met up with Domitian's standards, but it sure meets up and surpasses mine. Another wonderful addition to your collection!
Augustin Caron  [Jun 19, 2013 at 03:46 PM]
I agree with those who agreed! Super.
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