I couldn't pass up this beautiful cistophorus. Unfortunately, it was entombed in a plastic prison. To quote the eminent classicist Mary Beard - 'I was certainly turned on to antiquity by the real feel of real Roman coins in my hands.' I quite agree. Doesn't it look much better outside the plastic? Domitian AR Cistophorus, 9.99g Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.). Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018. A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse of the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina. Feel free to share your freed prisoners.