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00 Domitian as Caesar RIC 658 [Vespasian]
Dupondius, 11.09g
Rome mint, 73-74 AD
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, draped, bearded, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
RIC 658 (C). BMC p. 157 note *. BNC 693.
Acquired from CGB.fr, September 2020.

A most stylish dupondius struck for Domitian Caesar in either 73 or 74 from one of his earliest bronze issues at Rome. The dupondii from this issue are laureate instead of radiate and can be differentiated from the asses by the draped busts and metal content (yellowish orichalcum). The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance the Flavian dynasty has brought to the empire. It is certainly one of the most abundant reverse types of Vespasian's reign. Surprisingly, this common Domitian Caesar Felicitas is missing from the BM's extensive collection.

The engraver who worked on the obverse had talent to spare and rendered a wonderful portrait in fine style.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Sep 26, 2020 at 03:04 PM]
Nice example.
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