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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 920 [Vespasian]
AR Denarius, 2.96g
Rome mint, 76-77AD
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS IIII; Minerva stg. r. on prow, with spear and shield; to r., owl
RIC 920 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1947. RSC 45b. BNC -.
Ex Private Collection.

The first appearance of Minerva on a denarius struck for Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian. His devotion to the goddess came early in life, so it comes as no surprise he wished to honour her on the coins minted in his name. This denarius is a clear indication Domitian had some say in what reverse types were struck for him under Vespasian. The Minerva on prow is an early prototype of one of the four standard Minerva types (M2) Domitian would later extensively strike on his own denarii as Augustus. An extremely rare type for him as Caesar.

A pleasing coin with a Vespasian-like portrait.
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orfew  [Mar 13, 2018 at 05:40 AM]
Nice catch David
quadrans  [Mar 13, 2018 at 06:06 AM]
Great pick up,
FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 13, 2018 at 10:01 AM]
Nice one, mine is from different dies.
Jay GT4  [Mar 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM]
Nice find.I love the legend across the field
Nemonater  [Mar 14, 2018 at 04:30 AM]
Very cool. This is a type I would love to find!
Randygeki(h2)  [Mar 15, 2018 at 04:17 AM]
Very cool!
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