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Domitian RIC-328
AR Denarius, 3.35g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP•CAES DOMIT AVG•GERM P M TR P IIII; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: IMP•VIIII COS•XI CENS POTES•P•P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 328 (R2). BMC (spec. acquired 1987). RSC -. BNC -.
Purportedly found in the Alsace Region of France.

This coin is part of the 3rd issue of 85 (arguably the rarest issue of the year) and the last struck before Domitian reformed the precious metal coinage once again by slightly lowering the fineness. Very few examples from this issue are known, the Germania type surprisingly being the most common. An obverse and reverse die match with the RIC plate coin in the BM as well. This specimen is from the Alsace Region, an area of much military activity early in Domitian's reign.

A beautiful denarius struck in the fine high style of 85 on a large (21mm) flan.
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kc  [Oct 08, 2013 at 01:31 AM]
very nice coin...there must be hundreds of variants!?
quadrans  [Oct 08, 2013 at 02:56 AM]
Nice and interesting coin ..
ancientdave  [Oct 08, 2013 at 03:41 AM]
Very attractive!!
Potator II  [Oct 08, 2013 at 04:45 AM]
A skilled artist made it for sure. Details on the reverse are awsome, and fantastic portrait
gallienus1  [Oct 08, 2013 at 08:24 AM]
Excellent coin with a wonderfully sympathetic portait.
Sam  [Oct 08, 2013 at 12:48 PM]