Domitian bronze - unsure about RIC number

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  1. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    I've quite recently acquired this coin of Domitian. I believe it's an as, but it's a bit heavy weighted (that is, I found out that most are around the 11 grams, this one is 15.5).

    The coin is in spectacular condition:
    ROMAN IMPERIAL, Domitian. Denomination: AE As, minted: Rome, Italy; 80-81 AD
    Obv: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, Head of Domitian, laureate, right
    Rev: S C: Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield
    Weight: 15.59g; Ø:30mm. Catalogue: RIC 294; C. 439; BMC 231; BN 238. Provenance: Found in Echt, the Netherlands, c. 2010; acq.: 10-2020

    I would appreciate the opinion of our Flavian experts, e.g. @David Atherton, @Orfew
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Issued under Titus. RIC 2.1, p. 218, no. 343.

    Here's the example in the British Museum collection.
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  4. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Great portrait on that one!
  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    Really fine style on that example! This type could either be an As or a dupondius, but I would rather think it a dupondius with that weight. Hard to know for certain unless you can tell what the metal is.

    And it's neat to know the exact findspot too!
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  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I agree with David regarding the I also love the patina. The reverse is nice but that portrait is simply superb.
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