Domitian Rides Again

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  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I recently picked up this overlooked bargain basement Domitian as Caesar as because it is quite rare and has some level of eye appeal. And I like worn coins.

    Domitian as Caesar [Vespasian]
    Æ As, 11.16g
    Rome mint, 75-76 AD
    Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS III; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: PRINCIP IVVENT; S C in field; Domitian riding l., r. hand raised, holding sceptre
    RIC 835 (R). BMC -. BNC 736.
    Acquired from, February 2021.

    This rare as struck in either 75 or 76 AD, prior to Domitan's fourth consulship in early 76, commemorates his appearance at Vespasian and Titus' joint Jewish War triumph in 71 - 'while taking part in the Judaean triumph, he rode on a white horse' (Suetonius, Domitian, ii). This triumphal type was first struck in silver and gold and is somewhat rare on the asses. The bronze version closely resembles the precious metal prototypes, although it lacks their 'human head'(!) mounted on the sceptre as described by H. Mattingly in BMCRE II. The fact this type continued to be struck several years after the Jewish War triumph possibly hints at how important its iconography was to the young prince. Missing from the BM's collection.

    Here is the same type on a denarius from 73 with the 'human headed' sceptre.


    Domitian as Caesar [Vespasian]
    AR Denarius, 3.15g
    Rome mint, 73 AD
    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.
    RIC 680 (C). BMC 129. RSC 664. BNC 105.
    Ex Berk 146, 29 November 2005, lot 363.

    Please post your equestrian themed coins.
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I have only a couple of coins depicting people on horseback.


    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.82 g, 19.7 mm, 11 h.
    Antioch, third emission, AD 252-253.
    Obv: IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor on horseback, left, raising right hand and holding scepter.
    Refs: RIC 79; Cohen 2; RCV 9622; Hunter 56; ERIC II 44.

    Time of Severus Alexander, AD 231-235.
    Quasi-autonomous AE 25.1 mm, 11.60 g, 7 h.
    Koinon of Macedon.
    Obv: AΛЄΞANΔPOV, diademed head of Alexander the Great with flowing hair, right.
    Rev: KOINON MAKЄΔONΩN NЄΩ, Alexander, his cloak fluttering behind him and raising right arm, galloping his horse, right.
    Refs: AMNG III 388; cf. BMC Macedonia p.24, 120; cf. Lindgren II 1374.
  4. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    That's a nice one David!

    I wish these were in a little better condition but they are somewhat scarce.
    Achaea. Corinthia, Corinth. Marcus Aurelius Æ 26mm. Bellerophon.
    Obv: Laureate head right.
    Rev: CLI COR Bellerophon riding Pegasos flying right, attacking a chimaera, facing right.
    BCD 706

    normal_MarcusAureliusCapitolina.jpg Judaea, Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem). Marcus Aurelius AE24
    Obv: Laureate bust of Aurelius right,
    Rev: Commodus on horseback right, raising right hand.
    161-180 CE. Æ25, 10.4g.
    Meshorer, Aelia Capitolina 60, BMC 57. Sold

    normal_philomelium2.jpg Phrygia, Philomelion. Severus Alexander AE34 Tetrassarion
    Obv: Radiate bust to the right
    Rev: Emperor rides with a raised lance to the right.
    Magistrate Markos Iulios Pauleinos
  5. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    Is that really a "human headed" sceptre? It looks very much like a carnyx to me.
  6. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I have my doubts, which is why the description is in quotes.
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  7. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    AE As, Bilbilis, municipium Tarraconensis, now Cerro de Bámbola, Calatayud (Zaragoza) in Aragón, 2- 14 AD

    27 x 28 mm, 12.185 g
    RPC I 390; Vives 138-7;

    Ob.: DIVI F AVGVSTVS Bare head right
    Rev.: BILBILIS Horseman advancing right, holding spear

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