Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by paschka, Oct 31, 2020.
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Edit: It could also be a dupondius (Domitian issued dupondii with the same reverse) but I can't see whether the emperor is laureate or radiate.
Almost identical to this coin I bought during the week
Will be interesting to see if any more of these pop up, I bought mine in a mixed lot which will be returned to sender.
Radiate/laureate refers to the type of crown the emperor is depicted with. Laureate = laurel wreath and radiate = radiate crown.
The coin is a common type, at least from what I've seen.
Possibly from the same hoard.
To illustrate what Romancollector--not often we get posts by Romancollector and Roman Collector one after the other--wrote, I went to Wildwinds and copied a couple of photos. Here's an example of Domitian wearing a radiate crown:
Here's an example of him wearing a laurel wreath crown:
In 1998 I posted the above page on the subject of portrait types. If there is anything new to you there, feel free to look. Copying the old code to this reply destroys the formatting so I would suggest ignoring what is below and visiting the page for these and a couple doze other terms every new collector should know.
Hadrian dupondius Radiate Head Right
In the middle of the first century AD the Romans began to use a crown of spikes on the portrait on the dupondius to help distinguish it from the as. On dupondii the crown was only used on portraits of the Augusti and never by Caesars or Augustae (Imperial women).
Postumus antoninianus Radiate Draped Bust Right
Later, the same radiant crown was used to distinguish the antoninianus (double denarius), the double aureus and the double sestertius. By the third century AD, style required most portraits to be busts rather than heads so this is the most common form found on antoniniani. Unlike the dupondii, antoniniani of Caesars show the crown.
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