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Domitian RIC-266
AR Denarius, 3.35g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 266 (R2). BMC 74. RSC 361a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P M TR POT IIII IMP VIII COS XI P P; Minverva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection, acquired from Barry Murphy. Ex Jyrki Muona Collection. Ex Berk 158, 26 March 2008, lot 240.

Minted in 85 AD, this very rare coin features a wonderful, thoughtful portrait of the "tyrant". IMHO the portraiture on his denarii reached a high point between 82 and 85 when both the fineness and quality of the denarii were vastly improved. It seems only the best engravers were working for him at this time. Ancient coin collectors should really take note of Domitian because he really did care about his coinage.

Struck on a large flan with full legends.
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Jay GT4  [Apr 07, 2010 at 07:08 PM]
It's a very different looking Domitian isn't it? Nice find.
Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM]
I'd like to add one just like this to my collection!
socalcoins  [Jun 09, 2013 at 01:37 AM]
That portrait is one of the best I've seen on a coin of Domitian!!!