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Domitian RIC II 072087 viewsDomitian 81-96A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 90-91 A.D. Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P X, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on rostral capital column M2, holding spear and shield, owl at feet. RIC 720, RSC 266.

One of my favorite coins, not because of it's rarity or condition, but rather it was one of my first successful auctions, and one of my first "nicer" denarii with clear legends.
5 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T026740 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80-81 A.D. (18 mm, 3.39 g.) Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, goat standing left within laurel wreath. RIC II T267; BMC T88; RSC 390. 2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian, ancient imitation53 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Unofficial Mint. (3.19g, 19.9m, 6h). Obv: IMP . . . DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII, laureate head right. Rev: TR P? . . . CENS PPP, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right owl. (M2). Ex Warren Esty.

An ancient imitation, made of good silver, but at an illegal mint. The portrait and inept rendering of one of Domitianís common Minerva reverses immediately gives this example away.
Lucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V068044 viewsDomitian under Vespasian. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. (2.96 grams, 19.27 mm. 0 degree). Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II, laureate head right. Rev: Domitian riding horse left, right hand raised, sceptre in left with human head on it. RIC II V680. BMC 129.

This type probably refers to triumphal parade held for the victory Vespasian and Titus earned in Judaea. Suetonius and Josephus reveal that while Vespasian and Titus rode in separate chariots, Domitian, "magnificently adorned," rode alongside Titus' chariot on a splendid white horse.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V078834 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Vespasian. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III, Laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVT, Spes advancing left, holding flower in right hand and skirt in left. RIC II V788.RSC 375, BMC V156.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 0843 Cistophoric tetradrachm43 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. RIC 843. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm. Rome Mint for Asia. 82 A.D. (10.71 g, 25.78mm, 6o). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG [P M COS], VIII, laureate head right. Rev: no legend, Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by banner, the other by a hand. RPC 865, RSC 667, Sear 2718.

Some attribute the cistophorii of the Flavians to an eastern mint, but the style emulates that of Rome including the portrait, legends, and die axis leading many to believe they were minted in Rome for use in Asia.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 079150 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. (3.23 g, 17.54 g, 6h). Sept 14, 95- Sept 13, 96 A.D. Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV, laureate head right. Obv: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP, Minerva Victrix, winged, flying l. with spear or javelin and shield. RIC II 791, RSC 294, BMC 237.

This coin, minted towards the end of Domitianís reign, depicted his patron goddess, Minerva. Although listed as common, I donít see as many of these as other Minerva types of Domitian. This is a decent specimen with good legends and devices.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 072241 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Sept 14, 90- Sept. 13,91 A.D. (3.70g, 19.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P M TR P X, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXI COS XV CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with spear (M4). RIC II 722, RSC 263.

This coin is a nice specimen for my collection with a full flan, heavy weight, and complete legends and devices. One of the better preserved coins I have obtained.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T026836 viewsDomitian as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80-81. (3.17g, 19.5mm, 6h). Obv: r to l out- CɅESɅR DIVI F DOMITIɅNVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield. RIC II T268, RIC 268.

As Caesar, Domitian had many fewer coin types minted during Titusí reign than he did during Vespasianís longer reign. Even as Caesar, Domitian used Minerva on his coins which was to become much more common under Domitian as Augustus.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 005991 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 81, 13 Sept.-31 Dec A.D.. (2.97g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMPP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield. RIC II 59 (R2).

Minted in Domitianís first year as emperor, this type depicts his patron deity, Minerva. Although Domitianís Minerva coins are quite common, RIC II ranks this particular issue as R2. "The rare aspect of this coin is the filiation DIVI VESP F in the obv. legend."- Curtis Clay. This is one of the nicer coins in my collection with very little wear, even on the highest points of the devices.
6 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 010139 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 82 A.D. (3.29g, 18.7mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CɅES DOMITIɅNVS ɅVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P, Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt. RIC II 101.

This reverse device was used on several series by Domitian, and is another in the pulvinaria (sacred couches of the gods) series introduced by Titus in 80 A.D.. This coin has a nice full legend on both the obverse and reverse on this well centered specimen. This type is rated R in RIC II.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 078496 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Sept. 14, 95-Sept 13, 96 A.D. (3.08g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XV, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, altar, with two soldiers, flanked by aquilae, under each Aquila on top of altar is seated captive. RIC II 784 (R2).

Within days of his death, the Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae for Domitian. Despite the fact this coin was minted at the very end of his reign, it clearly saw circulation despite the Senateís action. This is one of the new reverse types for Domitianís 15th Tribunican year.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T0518 cistophoric tetradrachm 63 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Titus. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm. Rome Mint for Asia. 80-81 A.D. (10.64 g, 23,3m, 6h). Obv: CAES DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINC IVVENTVT, Domitian riding left, right hand raised, holding scepter. RIC II (Titus 518).

Subject to some dispute, cistophorii of the Flavians are thought to be minted in Rome for use in the East based on style. This coin mimics a denarius of Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian (RIC II V539), and likely refers to Domitianís ride in the Judean triumph celebrated by Vespasian and Titius. Ex Incitatus, HBJ, and ACCG.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 077128 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint (3.21g, 18.1mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CNES P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right owl. (M2). RIC II 771.

During 95 A.D, Domitianís coinage continued with the same well established pattern of Minerva types. Although worn, the agies is clear on Minervaís back in this example. The legends are also complete on this example despite its wear.
Lucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V1447 Overstrike65 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Vespasian. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 71 A.D. (2.59g, 20.6m, 7h). Obv: DOMITIAN[VS CAES]AR AVG F, bare bust right, draped and cuirassed with aegis. Rev: PACI AVGUSTAE, Victory adv. R. with wreath and palm, lower r. [EPE]. RIC V1447. Overstruck on RIC II V1433.

Overstrike on identifiable under type of Vespasian RIC II 1433. Obv: IMP CAESAR VEPAS AVG COS III TR PPP, laureate head r. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory adv. L. with wreath and palm, lower l. EPE. Unusual to have an overstrike of an emperor still in life, and of a coin as a part of the same series at the same mint.

3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V092193 viewsDomitian as Caesar 70-81 A.D.. AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 76 A.D.* (3.34g, 19.2m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR A[VG F] DOMITIANVS, laureate head r. Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right. RIC II V921, BMC V193, RSC 47. Ex HBJ.
*Domitian did not become COS V until early 77 A.D., but most coins with COS IIII belong to 76 A.D.

A common coin of Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian, this reverse still calls to me. Used by the Flavians for the first time in 76 A.D., the Pegasus reverse copies an earlier type from Augustus. Using earlier types from popular emperors, as well as the republic, was a hallmark of Flavian coinage.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 058020 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, Jan. 1-Sept. 13 88 A.D.. (3.11g, 19.1mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left side (M3). RIC II 580.

Another Domitian, Minerva, denarius, but with a full legend, full flan, and full weight, this one is a pleasure to hold. This is one of a small group from 88 A.D. with the reverse legend COS XIIII combined with TR P VII which helps to narrow the dates of production within 88 A.D.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 007021 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, Sept. 13-Dec. 31, 81 A.D. (2.87g, 18.3m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt. RIC II 70.

Produced in the first months of Domitianís reign, this denarius carries over a pulvinaria reverse type previously produced under Titus. Although worn, this coin has a full flan and full a legend. The legend also maintains the anti-clockwise, outward from lower right orientation on the obverse at this point during Domitianís reign.
Lucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V108435 viewsDomitian as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D to 24 June. (3.07g, 19.8m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS IV, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPTS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, resting on column, feeding snake out of patera. RIC II V1084, BMC V265, RSC 384.

Salus, the Roman goddess of health, often appears on coins when the emperor labors under some type of aliment. This was minted in the months before Vespasianís death on June 24, and Domitian had no known aliment at this time, so it could be for the benefit of his father.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V095734 viewsDomitian as Caesar AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.08g, 17.9m, 6h). CɅESɅR ɅVG F DOMITIɅNVS, laureate head right. Rev: COS V in exergue, horseman galloping r. r. hand raised behind. RIC II V957, BMC V234, RSC 49.

The rider is unidentified on this reverse. Theories range from some type of commemorative, to Domitian himself, and Mars calling Rome to battle in the East where Domitian desired a command around this time. This example is worn, but has full legends and decent reverse details.
Lucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T027121 viewsDomitian as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.35g, 17.2m, 6h). Obv: CɅESɅR DIVI F DOMITIɅNVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, draped seat with Corinthian helmet above. RIC II T271, Sear 2677, RSC 300a. Ex Warren Esty private collection.

This type, issued after the deification of Vespasian, is another of the pulvinaria types mirroring Titusí issues of 80 A.D. The use of DIVI F corresponded with new precious metal types following the older types with AVG F and helps scholars date the deification of Vespasian.
Lucas H
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Domitian, Fouree81 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Fouree Denarius. Unknown Mint. (2.43g, 19.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM TP (no ďRĒ) XI, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with spear (M4). Ex Warren Esty.

Fourees tend to be common during the Republic and era of the 12 Caesars. Ancient forgeries with a bronze core and silver coating, they were meant to pass as full silver pieces. This example has irregular lettering showing it was not made from official mint dies as some fourees appear to be, but an outright forgery copying a common type of Domitian.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 084748 viewsDomitia. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm. Rome Mint for Asia. 82 A.D. (10.66g, 26.6m, 6h). Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA, bust of Domitia, draped, right, hair massed in front and long plait behind, [pellet under bust.] Rev: VENVS AVG, Venus stg. r. leaning on column, with helmet and spear. RIC II 847.

My first example of an Empress during the era of the 12 Caesars. Cistophoric tetradrachms were valued at 3 denarii, and during the Flavian era, were likely minted in Rome for distribution in the East. Worn, and slightly off center, I still enjoy the denomination.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 084546 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm. Rome Mint for Asia. 82 A.D. (10.73g, 25.2m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII, laureate head r. Rev: DOMITIA AVGVSTA, bust of Domitia, draped, right, hair massed in front and long plait behind. RIC II 845. RPC 866.

Cistophoric tetradrachms show enough stylistic links that most agree they were minted in Rome, but for circulation in the East. Valued at 3 denarii, cistophori, named for the cista mystica, the basket of snakes used during the initiation rites for the cult of Dionysus, were the denomination of the kingdom of Pergamum in Asia Minor.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian, Cast Limes Denarius91 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AE Cast Limes Denarius. Uncertain Mint (2.54g, 20.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right. Rev: IMP VIII COS XI CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right owl. (M2). Copies RIC 343. Ex Warren Esty.

There is a large degree of uncertainty about so called, limes denarii, found primarily on the frontiers of the empire. They might have been official products made in areas where silver was in short supply, or, they could be unofficial productions, and/or barbarous imitations. Whatever their role, I find them fascination. While many were struck, some, like this example, were actually cast. Some have evidence of a silver wash, but this specimen does not. Limes denarii remain an enigma, and that was a large part of the appeal of this coin for me.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian, Fouree 268 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. Fouree Denarius. Unofficial Mint. (2.81g, 18m, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XI, laureate head right. Rev: IMI XXII [] PPP, Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her l. side (M3). Cf RIC II 737.

Without the breaks in the silver, the unofficial lettering would give this away as a fouree, as would the die axis and light weight. Interestingly, this coin mimics RIC II 737 minted in 92 A.D. which RIC lists as vary rare (R2). IMP XXII was Domitianís final imperial acclamation.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian, as Caesar Fouree34 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Titus, 79-81 A.D. Unofficial Mint. (2.77g, 19.2m, 5h). Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPTS [IVVE]NTVTIS, alter, garlanded and lighted.

This Fouree is in good condition and didnít see extensive circulation. This example shows slight bubbling in the silvering and only a slight peek of the copper core beneath at the top of the alterís flame. The portrait is also slightly off for this period of Domitian as Caesar under Titus.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 005847 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 13 Sept.-31 Dec. 81 A.D. (3.37g, 18m, 6h) Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva adv. Right with spear and shield. RIC II 58. Ex David Atherton.

A common coin in uncommon condition from Domitianís first months as emperor. The majority of Domitianís denarii from these months use the plvinaria reverses carried over from Titus. This Minerva type was carried over from Domitianís type as Caesar under Titus
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 005434 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 13 Sept.-31 Dec. 81 A.D. (2.87g, 18m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP COS VII DES VIII P P, dolphin coiled around anchor. RIC II 54, RSC 568.

Wonderful toning on this denarius from Domitianís first months as Emperor. This is a carryover of a pulvinaria type issued under Titus.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T027248 viewsDomitian as Caesar. 79-81 A.D. AR Quinarius. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (1.59g, 15.7m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head r. Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST (clockwise in), Victory adv. r. with wreath and palm. RIC II T272 (R).

A rare quinarius issued for Domitian as Caesar under Titus. It is through Domitianís coinage with Divi F. that scholars determine Vespasianís deification likely took place in 80 A.D. It appears the precious metal coinage of Titus was largely restricted to the first half of 80 A.D., perhaps because of the great fire in Rome.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 045426 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 86 A.D. (3.40g, 19.1mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, laureate head r. Rev: IMP XIIII COS XII CENS PPP, Minerva advancing right brandishing spear and holding shield. (M1). EF. RIC II 454 (R), BMC 320, Cohen 208. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

All of Domitianís issues of denarii in 86 A.D. are scarce. Issues with IMP XIIII and COS XII, before the end of 86 A.D. are very scarce indeed. This is a decent example with full legends and a decent weight.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 002959 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 81 A.D. (3.30g, 19.2mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT, laureate head r. Rev: COS VII DES VIII PP, Minerva standing left with Victory and spear; at fee, shield. About VF. RIC II 29 (R3). Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

The RIC lists this as R3 with the only other known specimin held in the C. Clay collection. That coin is listed, but not pictured in the plates of the updated RIC. That specimen is from the same dies as this one and has the same 5 o'clock die axis. There is at least one other specimin out there in a private collection I am aware of, and more may surface as time goes on.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 059760 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 88 A.D. 14 Sept.-31 Dec. (3.17g, 19.7mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VIII, laureate head left. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, herald walking left, with wand and shield. RIC II 597 (R2), Obv. legend var. of BM 133. Ex. Harry N. Sneh collection.

An exceedingly rare Saecular Games reverse with the portrait left. This is possibly the third reported specimen, Berk at Vcoins 2005 shown in the RIC plate, and CNG 53, 2000, lot 1523. Both of those specimens are of the same dies as this one.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 005654 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 81 A.D. 13 Sept.-31 Dec. (3.32g, 18.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT, laureate head r. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII PP, Minerva adv. r. with spear and shield. RIC II 56 (R2), BMC 299, RSC 560a. Ex. Harry N. Sneh collection.

A very early and scarce Domitian with PONT in the obverse. There are very few recorded specimens for this denarius, Rome, Reka Devina hoard, F.Gnecchi in Riv. Ital. 1896, and C. Clay collection. The Clay example is same dies as this specimen.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 033945 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 85 A.D. (3.39g, 21.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII, laureate head right with aegis. Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP, Minerva standing left with spear (M4). RIC II 339 (R2), BMC 80, RSC 176. Ex Harry N. Sneh via David Atherton.

This scarce Domitian has a wonderfully large flan and full weight and unusual use of the aegis on the obverse portrait. This coin was part of a fourth issue in 85, A.D., all of which are exceedingly scarce (R2 and R3). This was issued after the silver content was again reduced. With TRP IIII, this was probably issued before mid-Sept.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 006226 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 13 Sept.- 31 Dec. 81 A.D. (3.42g, 18.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva standing left, with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield. RIC II 62.

Minerva, Domitianís patron goddess, became ubiquitous on his coinage, and the four standard types began appearing in series by 83 A.D. On this early denarius of Domitian, Minerva is seen holding Victory, a type not used in his later coinage.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 0601A114 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 88 A.D. (2.78g, 18.5mm, 6h) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VIII, laureate head left. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC inscribed on column; to r., incense burner; further r., Herald stgl l., with wand and shield. RIC 601A (R3). Ex Harry N. Sneh via David Atherton.

This coin is thus far unique and unpublished. It was found by a metal detector in Hushwaite, North Hampshire in 2009. Carradice was made aware of the coin in 2010, and it should be assigned 601A in the upcoming RIC II addenda. The actual find is registered at the UKDFD site Ref No: 16818. http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ukdfddata/showrecords.php?product=16818&cat=135&date=1231717536
7 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 032262 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 85 A.D. (3.48g, 19.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP IIII, laureate head right with aegis. Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT PP, Minerva stg. left, with spear (M4). RIC II 322 (R2). Ex. CNG.

This is an exceedingly rare Domitian, this may be the third known specimen that shares dies with the other two known examples. Domitianís Censorial title was added at this time, and began as CENSORIA POTESTAT as seen on this example before being shortened to CENS POTES. Coins with these titles are rare indicating the production may have been short lived. Itís also a rare example of the portrait with an aegis.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 060147 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 14 Sept.-31 Dec. 88 A.D. (3.33g, 19.4mm, 6h) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC inscribed on column; to r., incense burner; further r., Herald stg. l., with wand and shield. RIC 601, BMC 135, RSC 73.

Minted in 88 A.D. to commemorate the Secular Games which were held each saeculum, the supposed longest possible length of a human life. Augustus and Claudius celebrated the games, and dating became dubious by the time Domitian announced his. This type is listed as common, but I rarely see examples in trade. The specimen has full legends, and unlike many, the Minerva is still visible on the heraldís shield.
4 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 059626 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 14 Sept.-31 Dec. 88A.D. (2.97g, 19.2m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VIII, laureate head right. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, herald advancing left with wand and shield decorated with Minerva. RIC II 596, RSC 76. Ex Forum.

Another of Domitianís series commemorating the Secular Games held in 88 A.D. The Games were previously celebrated by Augustus and Claudius. The Minerva is clear on the Heraldís shield in this example while many are not clearly struck or are worn off.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 014430 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 82-83 A.D. (3.31g, 18.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CASES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: IVPPITER CONSERVATOR, eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left. RIC II 144 (R).

Despite the flan crack, I like this obverse which has a full and sharp legend. This would have been issued after Domitianís monetary reform returning the silver content of imperial denarii to pre-Neronian times. This also has a wide flan and is well toned.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 066937 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 88, 14 Sept.-89 13 Sept. A.D. (3.28g, 19.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her l. side (M3). RIC I 669, RCV 2732, RSC 251, BMC 153. Ex CNG.

A common denarius of Domitian in very good condition. The legends are complete and sharp, and there is very little wear, even on the highest points. 88 A.D. was the probable year of the Secular Games, and also saw a revolt in Upper Germany. 89 A.D. saw Domitian in Germany, a victory over the Dacians, and a double triumph.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V108131 viewsDomitian as Caesar. 70-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D. to 24 June. (3.02g, 18.9m, 6h ). Obv: CɅESɅR ɅVG F DOMITINVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, hands clasped over Aquila on prow. RIC II V1081, RSC 393, BMC V269.

The obverse legend should read DOMITIANVS, but the die engraver forgot the ďAĒ in this example. Still, itís in a great state of preservation for a common coin of Domitian as Caesar in the last months of Vespasianís life.
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Domitian RIC II 066712 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 88-89 A.D. (2.92g, 18.8m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VIII, laureate head r. Rev: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS PPP, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield (M1). RIC II 667, RSC 252.

A decent example of one of Domitianís Minerva types which had become standard by this point. While the reverse types did not change much, the titles did as he quickly accumulated Imperatorial titles during this time. 88 A.D. also saw the Secular Games in Rome of October of that year
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Domitian RIC II 043521 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 86 A.D. (3.19g, 20.9m, 6h) Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP V, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XII COS XII CENS PPP, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield (M1). RIC II 435 (R).

While the four standard Minerva types were established at this point, the issues in 86 A.D. are more scarce than earlier and later years with a much lower output from the mint. With a full flan and complete legends, this is a decent example of this type.
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Domitian RIC II 060414 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 88 A.D. (3.06g, 18.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right. Rev: COS XIIII across field; column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC; all within laurel wreath. RIC II 604, BMC 137, RSC 70.

Minted in 88 A.D. to commemorate the Secular Games held in October of that year. The Secular Games were held each saeculum, the supposed longest possible length of a human life. Augustus and Claudius celebrated the games, and dating became dubious by the time Domitian announced his.
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Domitian RIC II 007386 viewsDomitian, 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 81, 13 Sept.-31 Dec. (2.96g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT, laureate head right. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod with fillets; above dolphin. RIC II 73 (R3), RSC 568b.

This is another early, and very scarce Domitian with only one other specimen known to the authors of the updated RIC II. It was produced within the first 3 months of Domitianís reign, and is another carry over type issued under Titus. Despite some slight metal flaws, this example maintains good detail, and the beard is stellar.
8 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 014536 viewsDomitian. 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 Domitianís portrait began to change to a more idealized look. Salus was the Roman goddess of safety, salvation, and welfare. Given Greshamís Law, many of these post-reform coins are quite scarce.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V096143 viewsDomitian as Caesar 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.43g 18.6mm 6h). Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: COS V high across field; Wolf and twins, in exergue, boat. RIC II V 961, BMC V240, RSC 51.

A common coin of Domitian as Caesar, Iíve been looking for an example for my collection for some time. This one fit the bill balancing price and condition. While worn, all the major devices and legends are there. This was a new reverse type during this time, and most of the Flavian reverses during this period were antiquarian in style if not direct copies of older coins.
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Domitian RIC II 078730 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 95, 14 Sept.- 96 13 Sept. A.D. (3.33g, 19.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XV, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield (M1). RIC II 787.

This is a common Minerva type from the end of Domitianís reign. While well worn, the coin is well centered and retains complete legends. This is a part of the last great issue of Domitianís silver before his assassination on September 18, 96 A.D.
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Domitian RIC II 034333 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 85 A.D. (3.22g, 20.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P V, laureate head right. Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield, to right, owl (M2). RIC II 342 (R2).

A common reverse from a scarce issue in 85 A.D. This was issued just after the silver coinage was refined again, this time reducing the fineness back to Neronian standards. 85 A.D. saw the addition of the Censorial title for Domitian reduced here to CENS POT. This specimen is a much better color than the picture shows and is well centered with complete legends.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 065926 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 88, 14 Sept.-89, 13 Sept. A.D. (3.25g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side (M3). RIC II 659 (R). BMC 149, RSC 245.

Denarii of the issues from 88 to 89 A.D. are all fairly scarce. The issues at this time may have been short lived as Domitian rapidly acquired titles possibly evidencing significant military activity.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 009530 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 82 A.D. (3.12g, 18.2mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT COS VIII PP, curule chair; above wreath. RIC II 95.

This was a part of Domitianís first issue of 82 A.D. before the coinage was reformed. This issue used the same eight main reverse types as his denarii of 81 A.D. including this pulvinaria type. While worn, this example is well centered and has full legends.
3 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 067019 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 88, 14 Sept.-89, 13 Sept. A.D. (3.49g, 19.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with spear (M4). RIC II 670.

A common Domitian denarius with complete legends and a full flan.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 078920 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 95, 14 Sept.-96, 13 Sept. A.D. (3.47g, 18.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XV, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side (M3). RIC II 789.

A common Domitian denarius with complete legends and a full flan. This specimen has very sharp lettering and very little wear on the obverse.
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V149254 viewsDomitian as Caesar. 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Asian Mint (ďoĒ mint) 76 A.D. (3.07g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITANVS, laureate head right. Rev: COS IIII across field; Eagle stg. facing on garlanded base, wings open, head right. RIC II V1492 (R), BMC V487, RSC 45c.

The Flavianís mysterious ďoĒ mint was likely in Ephesus given stylistic links with earlier issues from that mint and the use of an annulet similar to the ďoĒ in the last issue from 74 A.D.. This example has the same dies as the Oxford example illustrated in the updated RIC, previously owned by Curtis Clay, and coming from the BMC collection through Bob Arnold before that. The small number of dies from this mint speaks to the ďoĒ mintís limited output.
5 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T026641 viewsDomitian as Caesar. 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.23g, 18.5mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITANVS COS VII, laureate head right. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Altar, garlanded and lighted. RIC II T266, BMC T92, RSC 397a.

A unique pulvinaria reverse type for Domitian at the time used both as Caesar and emperor. The addition of ďDIVI FĒ on Domitianís coins in 80 A.D. help scholars determine that Vespasianís deification had taken place by 80 A.D., although it arguably took place before in 79 A.D..

While worn, the legends on this example are complete.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 076432 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 93 14 Sept.-94, 13 Sept. A.D. (3.77g, 18.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP, Minerva standing left with spear (M4). RIC II 764.

This period of Domitianís reign saw tremendous issues of denarii with the ubiquitous four Minerva reverse types. The lettering on this example is crowded, probably reflecting the hurried production of dies during this period.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 033477 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 85 A.D. (3.08g, 22mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, laureate head right with aegis. Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP, Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column with spear and shield; to r. owl (M2). RIC II 334 (R2).

This is one of a scare issue of precious metal coinage from 85 A.D. immediately after the fineness of the silver and the weight were reduced to standards approximating those of Nero. In addition to the issue itself being scarce, the use of the aegis on the portrait is very rare in Domitianís coinage. Despite the flan flaw, this is a decent example of a scarce type.
8 commentsLucas H
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Domitian, Fouree games7 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. Unknown, unofficial mint. (1.62g, 6h). Obv: [I]MP CAES DOMIT [], laureate head right. Rev: , COS XIIII across field; column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC; all within laurel wreath. Copying RIC II 604.

Iíve seen a number of Domitian fouree denarii, but the issue this one attempts to copy is what interested me. The original was minted to celebrate the Secular Games, and only issued for a brief time. If you were going to copy something, it would see the ubiquitous Minerva reverses would be more likely to avoid close scrutiny.
Lucas H
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Domitian RIC II 074237 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint 92, 14 Sept.-93, 12 Sept. (3.19g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP, Minerva stg. l. with spear (M4). RIC II 742. BMC 207. RSC 278. Ex CNG. From Collection DF.

A common denarius of Domitian in very good condition. This period saw the largest issues of denarii during Domitianís reign

2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 076122 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint 93, 14 Sept.-94, 13 Sept. (3.40g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield (M1). RIC II 761, BMC 214, RSC 283b.

This is a common denarius of Domitianís reign in acceptable condition with complete legends if a bit worn. The lettering behind Domitianís head is remarkably sharp and was probably saved from some wear by the head itself.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 073210 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 91, 1 Jan.- 13 Sept. A.D. (4.45g, , 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P XI, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXI COS XVI CENS PPP, Minerva stg. l. with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side (M3). RIC II 732.

Another common Domitian in decent condition with full and legible legends. This issue only has denarii with a single bust type and the four standard Minerva reverses reflecting some of the monotony of Domitianís coinage.
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Domitian RIC II 06869 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint 89, 14 Sept.-31 Dec.. (3.31g,, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS PPP, Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2). RIC II 686.

Another common Domitian in decent condition with full and legible legends. During this time, Domitian was rapidly accumulating Imperatorial titles indicating intense military activity. Domitian did not take the Consulship in 89 A.D., and with IMP XXI and TR P VIIII this issue came at the end of 89 A.D.

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Domitian RIC II 076311 viewsDomitian. 81-96 A.D. Rome Mint. 93, Sept.-94, Sept. (2.94g. ( mm) 6hr). Obv: IMP CCAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XIII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP, Minerva stg. r. with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side (M3). RIC II 763.

With some wear, this common Domitian retains full legends. This was struck during a period of high production of denarii for Domitian, perhaps to support help finance the Second Pannonian War.

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Domitian RIC II 007559 viewsDomitian, 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 81, 13 Sept.-31 Dec. (2.96g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VES[P F DOMITIA]N AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod with fillets; above dolphin. RIC II 75 (R2), RSC 568d, BMC 22 note. Ex Forum.

Another early, and scarce Domitian. It was produced within the first 3 months of Domitianís reign, and is another carryover of al type issued under Titus the obverse legend and left facing portrait combination make this a scarce type.

In Flavian coinage, rarity is measured not only by number of examples, but also number of known die combinations. Demonstrating the scarcity of this coin, my example is both an obverse and reverse die match to David Atherton's http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-97819.
4 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 059013 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Quinarius Rome Mint 88, 1 Jan.-13 Sept A.D. (1.48g, 15.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VII, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS PPP, Victory standing left with wreath and palm. RIC 590.

Despite the fact the updated RIC lists this, as other, quinarii as common, I see very few in trade. This one is not overly worn, is well centered, but has wonderful toning. Iím amazed at the length of legend the engravers were able to get on such a small coin.
Lucas H
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Domitian as Caesar under Titus RIC II T0267V39 viewsDomitian as Caesar under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80-81 A.D. (3.28g, 18.0mm, 6h) Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head left. Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, goat standing left within laurel wreath. RIC II T267 Variant (head left) (R2).

An interesting variant on the right facing common coin minted under Titus after the deification of Vespasian. I thought this might be a unique example, but Curtis Clay was aware of a previous example sold by Lucernae, on eBay, 25 Nov. 2013. With a weight of 2.46g.

This example is well centered and has full legends. Given the wear, it was well circulated, and others are bound to surface.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian as Caesar RIC II V108737 viewsDomitian as Caesar 69-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79, to 24 June A.D. (3.39g, 17.7mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: Vesta std. l., with Palladium and scepter. RIC II V1087, BMC 262, RSC 378.

Vesta was the virgin goddess of home, hearth, and family. This was a part of the last issue of precious metal coins before Vespasianís death, and this reverse is not shared with Vespasian or Titus.

This is another upgrade. When I first narrowed by primary collecting area to Flavian denarii, I tended to pick up common coins without regard for condition. In the back of my mind, I wondered if another would come along at all, much less in a price range I could afford. After watching the market for a longer period of time and understanding it better, I see my mistake, and now have the patience to wait for better examples of common coins. However, this leaves me correcting some of my early mistakes with upgrades.

This example is well centered and the obverse lettering is very sharp.
2 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 059939 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Quinarius. Rome Mint 88 14, Sept.-31, Dec. A.D. (1.49g, 14.0m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES COMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head r. Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, Herald adv., l., with wand and shield. RIC II 599, BMC 134, RSC 78.

Another of Domitianís series commemorating the Secular Games held in 88 A.D. While listed as equally as common as the denarius sharing the same reverse, Iíve not seen the quinarius in trade before.
1 commentsLucas H
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Domitian RIC II 014129 viewsDomitian 81-96 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 82 A.D. (3.45g, 19.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT IMP II COS VIII DES VIIII PP, Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae. RIC II 141, BMC 34 RSC 610. Ex Warren Esty.

This is part of the first series of Domitianís reform coinage restoring the fineness and weight of silver and gold to the standards of Augustus. Given the finances of the time, this experiment did not last long. This example has a wonderfully formed flan, little wear, and is a pleasure to hold in hand.
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