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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, Denarius
Silver denarius, Rome, May - 13 Sept. 85 A.D. RIC 66a (read description below), BMC -; Ex Gorny & Mosch 125, lot 458
IMP∑CAES∑DOMIT∑AVG∑GERM∑P∑M∑TR∑P∑IIII∑ laureate head right with aegis
IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Germania, naked to waist, wearing breeches, seated right on germanic oblong spiral decorated shield, mourning and resting head on left hand, right hand placed on shield at side; broken spear below



Extremely rare. RIC 66a is based on the B.M. coll. but not such coin is listed in the BMCRE vol. II later published, except a footnote questioning: "does the rev. legend .... occur with this reverse type?" Hence Ian Carradice omitting it from his thesis written in late '70's. At this moment I can only confirm the specimen from Leu 83 lot 751 struck from the same dies.

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Mayadigger  [Sep 16, 2004 at 01:12 AM]
Gorgeous coin, Alex! Wow! Maya
wolfgang336  [Sep 16, 2004 at 10:53 PM]
Now THAT is truly a masterpiece!
Massanutten  [Apr 03, 2005 at 03:01 AM]
Thank you for sharing it with us. Have never seen the like and don't expect to!!
wolfgang336  [Jan 07, 2006 at 11:07 PM]
This deserves to be enjoyed by more people, thus a bit of a bump!
alexB  [Apr 23, 2007 at 10:19 AM]
Beautiful coin
Potator II  [Apr 23, 2007 at 07:31 PM]
Incredible coin, very moving reverse
Ibanez  [Mar 09, 2009 at 12:44 PM]
he turns his face to the viewer... i like the aegis too!
*Alex  [Jun 07, 2011 at 12:21 PM]
Extremely rare and extremely nice!