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Domitian RIC-425
AR Denarius, 3.06g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 425 (R). BMC 88. RSC 194. BNC -.

A rare denarius from the first issue of 86. It records Domitian's 11th imperial acclamation from the First Dacian War and can be somewhat closely dated between 1 January and the Spring (he received his 12th imperial acclamation between 17 March and 13 May).

The style is a continuation of that seen in the issues of 85 - very idealised with large, high quality portraits.
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curtislclay  [Dec 29, 2014 at 08:41 PM]
Maybe the rev. die was engraved to read COS XI, then after 1 Jan. 86 a second stroke for XII was squeezed in below Minerva's spear!
David Atherton  [Dec 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM]
I think that's a distinct possibility Curtis. I often wonder how many times this occurs.
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