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Domitian RIC-184
AR Denarius, 2.93g
Rome mint, 84 AD
RIC 184 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P M TR POT III IMP V COS X P P; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side (M3)
Ex Private Collection.

In 82 AD when Domitian overhauled the mint and increased the fineness of the denarius, he also apparently brought in new engravers who began working in a more elaborate, idealised style. The second denarius issue of 84 is the first to employ the new style and it would dominate the denarius issues for the rest of Domitian's reign. Domitian adopted the title GERMANICVS in the first issue of 84, shortening it to GERMANIC here in the second issue, all of which are extremely rare. This denarius from that second issue is a fine example of the new idealised style with its large portrait and delicately rendered features. RIC cites two specimens of the type, none of which are in the BM or Paris. Notably, the coin is a detectorist find from outside the boundaries of the Empire in Eastern Europe.

Darkly toned and somewhat porous (which accounts for the low weight).
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Jay GT4  [Jan 12, 2017 at 01:30 AM]
Awesome!
Randygeki(h2)  [Jan 12, 2017 at 03:54 AM]
Sweet addition!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 12, 2017 at 06:32 AM]
A desirable piece.
Jim H  [Jan 14, 2017 at 01:31 PM]
Wow! What a find!