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03b Domitian as Caesar RIC 922
AR Denarius, 3.31g
Rome mint, 76-77 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS IIII; Pegasus, standing r.
RIC 922 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Marc Walter, May 2018. Ex KŁnker eLive Auction 37, 20 October 2015, lot 152.

A rare obverse legend variant of the Pegasus type struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian. Here we have 'CAES' instead of the much more common 'CAESAR'. No reverse die links between the two different obverses have been found, perhaps suggesting the 'CAES' issue came slightly later. Out of 240 Domitian Pegasus denarii on acsearch, only 6 have the 'CAES' obverse. The reverse copies a denarius struck for Augustus (RIC 297). Mattingly speculates it refers to Domitian's poetic aspirations.

Curtis Clay's comments concerning this variant - 'I had forgotten about this variety, but find that I had written into my BMC 193: Var. CAES for CAESAR, CNG Website 6247, May 2001 (2.78g). RIC new ed. 922 calls it R2 and cites examples in Glasgow (ill. pl. 10) and Oxford.'

Struck in the very finest of styles.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 19, 2018 at 10:21 AM]
A choice rarity, congrats!
Canaan  [Jun 19, 2018 at 06:01 PM]
Great coin, Congrats!!
Jay GT4  [Jun 19, 2018 at 07:11 PM]
Randygeki(h2)  [Jun 20, 2018 at 02:23 AM]
Very cool!
quadrans  [Jun 20, 2018 at 04:01 PM]
Nice piece..
ickster  [Jun 21, 2018 at 03:41 AM]
I love everything about it, especially the toning on the obverse.
okidoki  [Jun 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM]