Domitian denarius with lovely portrait

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Though this denarius is quite rare that is not the primary reason I bought it. I took one look at the portrait and that was enough. The legends are full and readable and all of the devices are present and clear. The reverse has a rare legend ending in CENS POT PP. I had this on my watch list for a few weeks from MA-Shops. I thought the asking price was a bit hight so I made an offer and the seller accepted! The worst someone can say is no. I am also polite when I make an offer and polite when the offer is accepted or refused.

    According to RIC the denarii were debased to post reform Neronian standards between the 3rd and 4th issues. That makes this coin one of the first in the newly debased issue. The fineness would remain stable for the rest of Domitian's rule.

    This coin will be my 17th Domitian denarius. I look forward to adding it to my collection. I think it is a double die match for the RIC plate coin.

    OCRE=3 (BMC, Berlin,Albert Ludwigs Universitat)

    There is one in the BMC acquired in 1987 (included in the OCRE results) and one in the Paris collection. The acsearch example is from the collection of Yves Gunzenreiner. There are 2 in the Forvm Ancient Coins gallery. One is owned by our own @David Atherton.

    domitian RIC 333.jpg

    Domitian AR Denarius 85 CE (Fourth Issue)
    (20.5 mm 3.22 g)
    Obv: Laureate head r, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P IIII
    Rev: Minerva stg r on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r owl
    RIC 333 (R2); BMC 78(cross symbol), Cohen 180
    Purchased from Phillipe Saive Numimatique March 15, 2019
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  3. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Very nice coin! I love the toning on it too!
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A very pleasing example.
  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I think Domitian's best denarius portraits were engraved between 84-88. Yours a fine example of such. Congrats!
  6. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Sharp portrait, and some sweet little flow lines!
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