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Domitian RIC-565
AR Denarius, 3.25g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANICVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
RIC 565 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This denarius features an extremely rare obverse legend (notice the full spelling of DOMITIANVS and GERMANICVS) with the rare COS XIIII legend across reverse field. It is part of a short lived series minted near the beginning of 88. The only other known specimen is in the Fitzwilliam collection, which is an obverse die match with my coin (the reverse is a die match with the RIC 564 plate coin).

Struck in high relief on a broad flan (22mm!) with an exquisite portrait, Domitian would have been very pleased. A phenomenal coin in hand regardless of rarity.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM]
Absolutely great. Congrats!
Jay GT4  [Jul 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM]
Awesome portrait and delightful owl! Will you attempt to clean or leave it as is?
HELEN S  [Jul 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM]
Beautifully depicted coin WOW congratulations
quadrans  [Jul 22, 2013 at 03:38 PM]
Hoops .. It is a good pick up...
David Atherton  [Jul 22, 2013 at 04:26 PM]
Jay, I'm going to leave it as is. The "greenies" add character, IMHO.
carthago  [Jul 22, 2013 at 05:12 PM]
Wonderful eye appeal! I agree, leave it alone. I think it gives it a very unique look to a rare coin.
ickster  [Jul 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM]
Wow! Thanks for sharing. There is no way I would see or know of a coin like this otherwise.
ancientdave  [Jul 23, 2013 at 04:14 AM]
That is quite a nice find!
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