1st year Domitian denarius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Aug 30, 2021.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    While not a rare coin, I have been looking for a decent one of these for a while. I find the denarii for Domitian in his first year as Augustus to be very interesting.

    This reverse type also exists for Titus. Many reverses for Titus were also used for Domitian denarii. Also, there are ravens on the reverse which is just really cool.

    The portraits for these early Domitisan denarii vary wildly. Some are really ugly and some are in quite good style. Imho they do not reach the spectacular pinnacle of portraiture achieved on some of the denarii from 84-88 CE. Still, these early portraits are interesting. For example, take a look at the nose of the portrait. This characteristic nose was later sanitized so that Domitian is pictured with a perfect nose on some later denarii.

    Feel free to post your favorite reverse types.

    Domitian (81-96). AR Denarius, 81 AD.
    (17.50mm. 3.11g)
    Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG.
    Rev: Tripod with fillets surmounted by two ravens; above, dolphin over wreath. TR P COS VII.
    RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) 5. VF/About VF.
    Purchased from: Artemide Aste Auction 56E. August 29, 2021. Lot 316
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 ...BE SEEING YOU! Supporter

    ..when i saw this reverse...it was love at 1st sight:wacky: IMG_0624.JPG IMG_0626.JPG L. Rubrius Dossenus denarius, 87BC, OBV. Bearded Jupiter facing right, scepter behind, RV:triumphal carpentum quadriga, lighting bolt within, Victory top right, 18mm,3.49gms Ref. Crawford 348/1
  4. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Tough to tell what is my favorite reverse, but I try to avoid the "standard" somebody seated or standing reverse.
    I would say I like the most the Trajan Column reverse, I am quite happy with the denarius I managed to win recently, I posted it already a few times.

    A reverse I like is the pontifical implements type.



  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Some of the cooler reverse types are the "zoo" coins of Gallienus. And the coolest of the zoo is this one!

    Gallienus LIBERO P CONS AVG tiger antoninianus Naumann.jpg
  6. Spaniard

    Spaniard Supporter! Supporter

    Nice pick up @Orfew......Here's my 1st year Domitian, you probably recognise it and still one of my favourite Denarius...
    Domitian. 81-96 AR Denarius (3.17 gm, 18mm). Rome mint. Struck 81 AD.
    Obv.: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right.
    Rev.: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod surmounted by a dolphin right. RICII# 74.
    These early type portraits are my favourite and coupled with an interesting reverse, the tripod and dolphin, being symbols of Apollo.

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  7. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Oh yes… I recognize that one. I am still missing a d74 from my trays. You can’t beat the great portrait with an interesting reverse
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  8. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin, @Orfew! Here's that Titus version that you mentioned.


    TITUS (79-81). Denarius. Rome. 80 AD.
    Laureate head right.
    Tripod with fillets, upon which sit two ravens and wreath surmounted by dolphin.
  9. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very nice! Thanks for posting it here
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  10. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations @Orfew! Neat portrait too. I have many favorite reverse types, so its difficult to choose. I think this post calls for one very neat reverse type, with a Domitian as Caesar obverse. I don't know why this coins features Pegasus though, is it a symbol for some event?
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