A new contender for my end of the year top ten

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I thought that I had narrowed down my top ten of 2020. Well...

    This coin ticks many boxes.

    Rarity: 2 on acsearch, 1 on OCRE, 3 in the forum galleries. @David Atherton owns 1 of these and @Nemo owns another (his example is stunning and I hope he posts it here). RIC cites 1 in Berlin, 1 in Vienna, and 1 from the Jyrki Muona collection (this is also the RIC plate coin)

    Interesting legend: I actively buy as many of the CENS POT denarii as I can as they are rarely seen in trade. The normal reverse legend is CENS P PP.

    Monetary reform: This coin is part of the first issue after a major coinage reform of Domitian.

    Aegis: All denarii with Aegis on the portrait are rare to extremely rare. This one is not the rarest of them which means I have not seen one in over 3 years of looking. The rarest are known from 1-2 examples max. This includes those issued later in his reign.

    Portrait: WOW, just look at the incredible portrait! The portraits from 84-88 for Domitian are very lovely.

    85 CE: This year of Domitian denarii is actively collected. All of the denarii from this year are rare to extremely rare.

    Most important reason to buy this coin: It was love at first sight.

    Please post your favourite portraits.


    Domitian AR denarius 85 CE
    (19mm, 3.50 grams)
    Obv: Head laureate right with Aegis; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII
    Rev: Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column with spear and shield to right owl; IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P
    RIC: 334 (R2)
    Ex Dr V.J.A Flynn collection, Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3222 (part)
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  3. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Spectacular, Orfew!
    Great catch!
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  4. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Beautifull! Nice addition for your collection:D
  5. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Awesome pick up @Orfew. How could I refuse such an nice invitation?

    This is definitely my finest coin of Domitian. DomitianTRPIIII.jpg
  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Just awesome @Nemo . The style and the toning along with the portrait combine to form a very aesthetic coin. I will never tire of seeing this one. I decided after seeing your coin that i would chase one for myself. It took a while but I finally landed one
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  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Rare or not, that's simply an awesome coin. The portrait is fantastic! If I were to have only one coin of Domitian, I think I'd be quite happy for it to be that one. Congrats!
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is a lovely coin in its own right. That it's a rarity is icing on the cake!
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  11. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    I have never seen one better... wow!!
    I do not think I have seen the straps that hold the shield on the arm so vivid.. and that is just a minor detail that amazes me. Its incredible.
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