Domitian As Horseback

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ken Dorney, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    I just picked up this Domitian As, Horseback reverse. It's one I have wanted, but I am not sure how the surfaces will look in hand. Looks a bit porous. I havent seen one for years so I thought I would pick it up. I only see one in the last 10 years in the databases, its rare, but I dont know, I worry about the surfaces. If I resell it I will likely only get half what I paid.
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    Vespasianus (69-79 AD) for Domitianus Caesar. AE As (28-29 mm, 11.24 g), Rome, 72 AD.
    Obv. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS II, Laureate head right.
    Rev. S-C, Domitian on horseback galloping left, holding human-headed sceptre in left arm.
    RIC 2II 672 (Vespasian); BMCRE 690 (Vespasian); C. 478.

    Rare. An attractive specimen. Green patina and good very fine.
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  3. ro1974

    ro1974 Well-Known Member

    Great coin

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  4. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    I am sure I will like it fine, but I also worry about the green spots on the obverse at 6 to 7 o'clock. I worry it is bronze disease, but I can usually handle that.
  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    That is a fantastic coin Ken. Attractive patina and style. Supposedly the reverse depicts Domitian Caesar at Vespasian and Titus' Jewish War Triumph.

    As a collector of silver, I can only offer this comparable piece.

    Domitian Caesar
    AR Denarius, 3.46g
    Rome mint, 73 AD
    RIC V541 (R2), BMC V129 var., RSC 664
    Obv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: No legend; Domitian on horse l.; r. hand raised, sceptre in l.
    Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 701. = Helios, ebay, 29 November 2010 (A. Lynn Collection).
  6. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    A very appealing, historical and scarce coin.
    I was not aware the type existed as an As (or dupondius), whereas his aureii and denarii of the type are not uncommon. A great example with beautiful patina.

    My only example is a denarius, similar to David's:

    Domitian Denarius zu Pferd- Obv - 1_opt.jpg Domitian denarius zu pferd.jpg
  7. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Great coin Ken! Nice eye appeal!
  8. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    indeed great looking specimen so is yours David
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  9. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    and Eduard :D
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  10. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Ken, that is a beautiful coin. You have far more experience but that doesn't look at all like bronze disease to me. I too have the silver variety, one of my favorites. Domitian Horseback.jpg
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  11. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

    it's a nice coin Ken.. seems you're still a constant collector and a seller sometimes, which is good^^
  12. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Nice find. I think it will look nice in hand
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