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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T0266
Domitian as Caesar. 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.23g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITANVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Altar, garlanded and lighted. RIC II T266, BMC T92, RSC 397a.

A unique pulvinaria reverse type for Domitian at the time used both as Caesar and emperor. The addition of DIVI F on Domitians coins in 80 A.D. help scholars determine that Vespasians deification had taken place by 80 A.D., although it arguably took place before in 79 A.D..

While worn, the legends on this example are complete.
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David Atherton  [Mar 12, 2014 at 09:32 AM]
This reverse type was unique to Domitian and has the distinction of being the only pulvinaria type minted for him both as caesar and emperor. Arguably it was struck more profusely for him as caesar.
The dating of Vespasian's deification by Titus is still in question. The coins offer little help in resolving the issue.

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