Third period, 85-96
83. Silver denarius,19mm, 3.6g,
88 A.D.; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERMANICVS, laur. hd. r.
COS XIIII, Minerva 1; RSC 67, RIC 121
Recently I was able to find close die style matches with three coins of this Minerva type, all dated IMP XIIII COS XIIII (January-August 88):
CNG 57 lot 1195,
CNG 58 lot 1163
and Rauch 69 lot 352. It is interesting that they display an aegis portrait, mark of an exceptional series. It is very likely that the coin above and the aegis variants of the regular issue form a special group
marking the new consulship or perhaps another important event at the start of 88
A.D. Also my GERMAN specimen features a very similar portrait style,
although it is smaller.
Silver denarius, 19mm, 3.46g,
88 A.D.; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG
GERM P M TR P VII, laur. hd. r.
COS XIIII, Minerva
2; Carradice 88.1-2 citing Oxford specimen, same dies; RIC -, BMC -; ex.