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Coins of the 12 Caesars


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In April 2015 I bought my first ancient coin, a denarius of Otho. I had been reading sites such as Forum as well as several books before deciding to buy my first coin. I remember reading Suetonius and thought it would be interesting to assemble a set of the 12 Caesars. I decided I wanted to do this with silver coins. From my reading I realized that there were a few coins that would be tough, namely Gaius, Claudius and Otho. The Otho turned out to be surprisingly easy. I bought it from the first coin show I ever attended.

My goal was to get all 12 coins in at least vf or better condition. As one can tell from my gallery I have not quite accomplished this yet. My other goal was to collect coin with interesting reverses. I think one will see a number of interesting reverses in my gallery. though I do have all 12 in silver the project is never actually finished. I keep adding interesting coins and I have no desire to stop doing this.

My quest for the 12 Caesars started because I loved the historical period. Studying the period has led me to enjoy my coins even more. Every time I add a coin I try to think about its historical context. Collecting and studying the coins has led me to a deeper understanding of the time period.

I hope you enjoy my gallery.

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Coins of Domitian


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Thanks to David Atherton for suggesting that I create separate galleries for my Flavian coins. When I only had a few it did not matter as much. However, now that I have a significant number of Domitian denarii, I think it was time. David also made the point that I have many coins of Domitian that others do not have and that some people may want to find a specific coin more easily. I hope that this gallery serves that purpose. Comments on individual coins are always welcome and if you have any questions about my coins please do not hesitate to send me a pm.

48 files, last one added on Feb 26, 2020

Coins of Vespasian


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Coins of Titus


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Last additions - orfew's Gallery
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RIC 0067 (2)0 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
(18 mm., 2. 83 g.)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above semicircular frame decorated with three crescents.
RIC 67, BMC 17
Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237. Lot 1228
orfewFeb 26, 2020
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Vespasian Dattari plate coin0 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Tetradrachm 1 July-28 August 69 (year 1), billon 24.5mm., 11.95g. Laureate head r.; in front, LA. Rev. ΕΙΡΗΝΗ Eireine standing, l., with corn-ears and caduceus. RPC 2401.15 (this coin). Geissen 266. Dattari-Savio Pl. 13, 6688 (this coin).orfewFeb 26, 2020
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Ric 14280 viewsVespasian AR Denarius (71 CE Group 6)
3.12 g
Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
Rev: Ceres std left on ornate high-backed chair , with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae, EPHE in exergue; CONCORDIA AVG
RIC 1428, RSC 67, BMC 453
Roman Silver Coins from the Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink Numismatic e-Circular 1 - Part I - Ancient Coins featuring the Michael Kelly and Nomos Brasiliana Collections Lot 214. February 13 2020.
orfewFeb 26, 2020
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RIC 14001 viewsVespasian AR Denarius (69-70 CE)
3.05 g
Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Rev: Ceres std left on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae, mintmark in exergue; CONCORDIA AVG
RIC 1400, RSC 65, BMC 429*
Roman Silver Coins from the Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink Numismatic e-Circular 1 - Part I - Ancient Coins featuring the Michael Kelly and Nomos Brasiliana Collections Lot 214. February 13 2020.
orfewFeb 26, 2020
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RIC 00365 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)
(19 mm., 3.12 g.)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P ; Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt
RIC 36, RSC 62, BMC 9
Savoca 29th Blue Auction February 23, 2020. Lot 1237
2 commentsorfewFeb 24, 2020
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RIC 033927 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 85 CE (fourth Issue)
(20.00 mm 3.35 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right, wearing aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand
Ref.: RIC II 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMC 80
Ex: Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink numismatic e-circular 1 Part 1 Ancient Coins Auction 20120 Lot 228 (part). February 13, 2020.
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins February 22, 2020.
6 commentsorfewFeb 24, 2020
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RIC 0072 (3)10 viewsDomitian AR denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
18 mm 3.16 g
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM; Head laureate right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat draped above winged thunderbolt.
RIC 72 (R2).
Lazooro on Delcampe January 11, 2019
2 commentsorfewFeb 18, 2020
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RIC 05967 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Struck 88 CE (Third Issue)
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII - LVD SAEC FEC, Herald walking left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand and shield
(18.71mm 3.14 grams)
RIC II 596 Rome
Ex FLAN Numismatics with tag. Ex Madroosi collection
Purchased from Marc Breitsprecher Feb 17, 2020
2 commentsorfewFeb 18, 2020
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RIC 005044 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
(18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
Obv: Laureate head l.
Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
RIC II 50; RSC 297.
Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020
5 commentsorfewFeb 18, 2020
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Vespasian Denarius AR Denarius,
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 939 (R). BMC 203. RSC 129.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VIII; Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak, fastened with belt round waist, standing l., holding spear slanting upwards l. in r. hand and trophy on l. shoulder in l. Corn-ear upright in ground r.
Ex: Jesus Vico Online auction 7 Lot 81 January 23, 2020
2 commentsorfewFeb 03, 2020
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RIC 08585 viewsTitus as Caesar AR denarius 76 CE
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; head laureate right
Rev: COS V; Bull standing right
RIC 858 [VESP]
Purchased from Brian Bucklan Bargain bin ancients January 23, 2020
orfewFeb 03, 2020
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RIC 00031 viewsTitus. 79-81 AD. AR Denarius (18mm; 3.25 gm; 6h).
Struck 79 AD June 24 - July 4
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate. head right.
Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l., holding grain ears with poppy and scepter.
RIC 3
Akropolis coins coin #289 purchased Jan 30 2020.
orfewFeb 03, 2020

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RIC 036249 viewsVespasian 72-73
AR Denarius
3,24 g.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII; Head laureate right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victoria stg r ; crowning standard and holding palm.
RIC 362 Cohen 618
Ex-Paul Schrer (1890-1976);
Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)
Purchased from Manfred Olding Munzenhandlung June 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew
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RIC 078836 viewsDomitian as Caesar Denarius 75 CE
18mm., 3,21g.
Obv: Head leaureate r; CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III
Rev: Spes stg l with flower; PRINCEPS IVVENTVT
RIC 788 [Vesp] (C) BMC 156
Ex: Savoca Blue 19th auction April 21, 2019 Lot 1143



I am interested in the minor variations that occur in the Minerva series for Domitian. I have a lot of fun tracking down the attributions by deciphering the legends on these coins. Every once in a while I find a rarity others have overlooked because of the seemingly monolithic nature of the Minerva denarii. So, when I find a coin like this one that does not feature Minerva, I am motivated to grab it. The figure on the reverse of this coin is SPES or "Hope" with a flower in her hand. The legend announces Domitian as the Prince of Youth.

I also find that I like the portraits on these coins for Domitian as Caesar. They are of a completely different character than the later portraits. Not that the later portraits are not good, in fact some are spectacular. Please see other posts on this blog for some examples.

RIC lists this as a common coin but I do not think they appear very often at all. While I really like the Minerva series I will always take the opportunity to add a non Minerva denarius to my collection.
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Augustus RPC 155549 viewsMacedon. Thessalonika
19 mm 8.0 g
Obv: ΘECCAΛONIKEΩN
Bare head of Augustus
Rev: ΘEOC.
Bare head of Julius Caesar
RPC 1555
Ex: Numismatik Naumann Auction 66 Lot 269
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