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Domitia RIC 847
AR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.). BNC 226.
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
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*Alex  [Jul 25, 2018 at 10:58 AM]
Nice coin. Congratulations on getting it.
Mat  [Jul 25, 2018 at 02:07 PM]
Lucky, congrats
Nemonater  [Jul 25, 2018 at 02:19 PM]
Great coin, interesting write up!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 25, 2018 at 02:45 PM]
Glad you obtained one of these.
maridvnvm  [Jul 27, 2018 at 10:01 AM]
A fantastic acquisition. Well done.
Jay GT4  [Jul 29, 2018 at 04:20 PM]
ancientdave  [Aug 02, 2018 at 06:00 AM]
Very nice!
Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 04, 2018 at 05:55 AM]
Canaan  [Aug 07, 2018 at 06:36 PM]
Very nice!!!!