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Domitian RIC-332
AR Denarius, 3.36g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 332 (R2). BMC 78. RSC 179a.
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 POT P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

This denarius was minted in 85 AD right after Domitian slightly lowered the fineness of his denarii to Neronian standards. He had previously in 82 raised the standard of the denarius to the levels set by Augustus but apparently financially could not maintain those standards. The coins were still minted at a higher standard than those under Vespasian or Titus and would remain so until the end of his reign.

This coin also illustrates the high artistic standards Domitian demanded of his die engravers. The addition of the aegis along with the fine style idealistic portrait shows the care the mint took in the minting of these coins.

The surface is slightly porous and the reverse faintly double struck but the overall eye appeal I believe overcomes all that.
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Mat  [Apr 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM]
Excellent addition. I love seeing pieces like these with the aegis.
Randygeki(h2)  [Apr 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM]
Indeed, very nice!
Steve E  [Apr 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM]
Superb style!
SPQR Coins  [Apr 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM]
Beautiful detail, a wonderful coin!
Lloyd T  [Sep 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM]
This one is a stunner - great find!
Nemonater  [May 11, 2018 at 02:34 AM]
Wonderful style!
Jay GT4  [May 11, 2018 at 03:33 AM]
This one's great