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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 539 [Vespasian]
AR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, 73 AD
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; cloak flying out behind, r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
RIC 539 (R). BMC 122. RSC 665. BNC -.
Acquired from NumisCorner, June 2018.

This is the first denarius struck at Rome for Domitian as Caesar. Fittingly, it commemorates Domitian's appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War Triumph - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii), which was the normal conduct for a young prince on such occasions. The type was struck in three variants: firstly, with a clockwise obverse legend and DOMITIAN fully spelled out, as we see here. Secondly, it was shortened to DOMIT, with the legend still running clockwise. Lastly, the legend direction was changed to counter clockwise with DOMIT. The first two variants are quite rare, the last relatively common. On this coin we see a cloak flying out from behind Domitian. This interesting detail only appears on a few coins from the first variant and does not show up on subsequent issues of the type. Most likely this variant with the cloak was the earliest version of the type which was then quickly simplified by dropping the cloak all together.

Well centred in good early style.
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Mat  [Jun 26, 2018 at 10:53 PM]
love the look of it
Jay GT4  [Jun 27, 2018 at 12:29 AM]
Nice young portrait
Jochen  [Jun 27, 2018 at 06:00 PM]
Nemonater  [Jun 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM]
Randygeki(h2)  [Jul 01, 2018 at 04:56 AM]
Very cool!
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