Just a Beautiful Denarius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Domitian struck the Minerva denarius types for 13 years - many are ho-hum, a few are just sublime. I think this one is the latter.


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    Domitian
    AR Denarius, 3.55g
    Rome mint, 85 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES•DOMIT AVG•GERM•P•M•TR•P•V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: IMP•XI•COS•XI CENS•P•P•P; Minverva stg. l., with spear (M4)
    RIC 393 (R). BMC 87. RSC 189. BNC -.
    Ex Asta 91, 15-16 December 2020, lot 173.

    All the denarii from Domitian's sixth issue of 85 are extremely rare. It is the first denarius issue which marks Domitian's assumption of the perpetual censorship (CENS P). Of note, both obv. and rev. legends on this example are riddled with spacing dots, a trademark of these issues.

    Any comments or related coins are welcomed!
     
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  3. Hispanicus

    Hispanicus Stand Fast!

    David,
    One of the most stunning and artful Minerva's that I have seen on a coin. Thanks for posting
     
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Yep. Very nice indeed.
     
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Here's the Domitian/Minerva I had in my old Twelve Caesars collection. It was very bright and sharp. I thought it deserved XF, but NGC had different ideas. Not that that mattered much.

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  7. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    The proof of ancient coins ;)
     
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  8. ArtDeco

    ArtDeco =ArtDeco=

    I bought this from Forvm a few months ago,

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    I wasn't planning to buy a Domitian but this reverse of Minerva really stood out to me.
     
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  9. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    A beautiful coin. I will give you a Duke Snider signed Baseball and a Sandy Koufax signed picture and Baseball card.......PLUS
    A photo of myself signed with COA for the coin.

    Bonus, a vial of Nebraska soil...and my blood, O Pos.
     
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  10. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    That is a great coin David!

    I agree with you, sometimes the portraits of Domitian are just breathtakingly beautiful.

    Here is another rare one with a great portrait. RIC 435

    Domitian RIC 435 .jpg
     
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  11. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Beautiful!! This is still my only Domitian denarius, but I picked it for its style. Would love to find a similar one with little wear:

    domitian denarius.jpg
    RIC 572, issued first half of 88 (common)
     
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  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  13. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A very enticing offer ...
     
  14. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    These appear to be from the same engraver.

    D425.JPG Domitian
    AR Denarius, 3.06g
    Rome mint, 86 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
    RIC 425 (R). BMC 88. RSC 194. BNC -.



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    Domitian
    AR Denarius, 3.23g
    Rome mint, 86 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
    RIC 431 (R). BMC p. 318, *. RSC 182. BNC 93.
    Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, March 2014.
     
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  15. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Thanks! I see it on the first one, not sure about the second... maybe I just prefer this guy's work with a little wear! :D
     
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  16. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Wonderful coin @David Atherton!
    I really like these fine style denarii.


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    Domitian 81-96 AD
    AR Denarius
    Struck 86 AD (second issue)
    IMP•CAES DOMIT AVG•GERM P M TR P V.
    laureate head right
    IMP•XII COS XII CENS•P•P•P•
    Minerva standing right on capital
    of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at foot right (M2)
    2,88g/20,5mm
    Ric 437 (R)
    Ex Historische Münzen & Medaillen

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    Domitian 81-96
    AR Denarius
    Struck 87 AD (first issue)
    IMP•CAES•DOMIT•AVG GERM•P M•TR P VI
    Laureate head of Domitian facing right.
    IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P
    Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand. (M4)
    3,34g/20mm
    Ric 511 (C)
    Ex Kölner Münzkabinett
     
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  17. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    Thats a nice one for sure
     
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  18. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    A great coin @David Atherton -- interesting to see. I have no rarities from Domitian, but I do have a Minerva to share:
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    Domitian AR Denarius, Rome, AD 93-94
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII, laureate head right
    Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at side
    Ref: RIC 763
     
  19. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    I have only this one Domitian denarius:

    Domitian (son of Vespasian) AR Denarius 88-89 AD. Obv. Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TRP VIII/ Rev. Minerva advancing right w/javelin & shield, IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS PPP. RIC II-1 667 (2007 ed.), old RIC II 137 (1926 ed.), RSC II 252, BMCRE 151. 17.78 mm., 3.42 g. Ex: Gorny & Mosch.

    Domitian Denarius RSC 252 COMBINED.jpg
     
  20. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Two Domitian/Minerva denarii....

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  21. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Here's a Minerva reverse in copper - an As.
    and another denarius...

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