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Domitian RIC II 0145
Domitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 82-83 A.D. (3.23g, 19.0 mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: SALVS AVGVSTS (in. clockwise from lower l.), Salus seated left with corn ears and poppy. RIC II 145 (R), BMC 54, RSC 412.

In late 82 A.D., Domitian dramatically reformed the mint, increasing the fineness of the silver issues to Augustan standards after years of decline. New reverse types, such as this Salus appeared, and Domitians portrait began to change to a more idealized look. Salus was the Roman goddess of safety, salvation, and welfare. Given Greshams Law, many of these post-reform coins are quite scarce.
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David Atherton  [Aug 01, 2013 at 10:48 AM]
You can certainly tell this is a transitional portrait - stuck somewhere between those early 'pulvinar' portraits and the chilly idealised ones of 84-88.
ancientdave  [Aug 01, 2013 at 02:54 PM]
These transitional portraits are a fascinating look at the evolution of portraiture within a single reign. Very nice example!
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