A rare Domitian denarius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I am posting this even though I know the eyes of many will glaze over with boredom because it is another denarius of Domitian with a Minerva. However, as a friend told me a little while ago, who cares, it is my coin. In the end, I like it and that is good enough for me.

    There are 5 issues of precious metal coinage for Domitian in 86 CE. With the addition of this coin, I am only missing a coin from issue #4. Within these 5 issues there are only 2 common coins. These include 1 denarius and 1 quinarius. So, in the whole year of 86 CE there is only one common denarius!

    I am very happy to add this coin from issue #3.

    Now let us talk about the coin itself. I have often commented that the portraits of Domitian on the denarii between the years of 84-88 have some great portraits. I hope that you will agree that this one is indeed in fine style. To me it is a very sympathetic portrait of Domitian.

    Please post any Domitian denarii from 86 CE or your favourite coin of Domitian.

    Domitian AR denarius, Rome mint 86 CE (third Issue)
    (3.09 g)
    Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI
    Rev: Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P
    RIC 446
    Purchased from Kolner on MA shops June 11, 2021

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  3. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @Orfew......Great looking coin and really like the hints of blue toning!
    Nice addition!
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  4. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Nice portrait me like, congrats Orfew.

    only own 2 denarii

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  5. Spargrodan

    Spargrodan Well-Known Member

    @Orfew congratz nice one! I have been thinking of getting all four variants maybe not able to get all rare ones but just the different types of Minerva is a nice sub-set. I have at least the RIC 164 from 83 AD so I'm happy if that is the only rare I will be able to get for this set.
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  6. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    This is my answer to folks who don't appreciate Domitianic coinage.


    But seriously, great acquisition. As you already know, I've been looking for that M2 date variant for a very long time. Congrats!
  7. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    It’s a nice coin, with a very pleasant toning.

    Well, at least you’re getting replies ;) Try posting a Sceatta…
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Yep, like my Faustina Junior coins with Juno or Fecunditas on them! But when you are building a specialty collection, completeness counts. And when you've acquired a rarity, that the icing on the cake, isn't it?
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  9. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on your new acquisition, @Orfew Although not a Domitian specialist, I always enjoy these kind of posts, especially the information about mintages during specific time periods.

    So 86 A.D. seems to be a slow year at the mint for precious metals. I decided to look through my small, scruffy collection of Flavians to see if I had any from this year, and I do - but AE's only. I'm assuming the AE issues for that year are abundant and given their appearance, there isn't much wow factor, but here they are, from annus mirabilis 86 A.D. (assuming my attributions are correct!):

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    Domitian Æ Dupondius
    (86 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS [PER PP], radiate head right / S-C, Mars walking left, holding Victory and trophy.
    RIC 482; Cohen 432.
    (10.74 grams / 28 mm)

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    Domitian Æ As
    (86 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM • COS XII C[ENS PER P P], laureate bust right with aegis / FIDEI [PVBLICAE] S-C, Fides standing right holding ears of grain and basket of fruit.
    RIC 486; RCV 2804.
    (10.81 grams / 26 mm)
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