Just added a very rare Domitian denarius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Feb 23, 2021 at 8:05 PM.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Hi, I won a great coin today and it is very rare. RIC lists 2 examples, one in Berlin and one from a H.J. Berk catalogue. Since this coin is very rare I would like to see a photo of the Berk coin to rule it out as mine. The list is Berk 83 from 26/10/1994 Lot 382.

    Now to the coin. It was of course misattributed. I think 60-75 percent of all of the Flavian denarii I have collected were misattributed. My copy of RIC was a great investment. I have been able to find many rarities this way. Some will take the attribution at face value. @David Atherton @JayGT4 and I have had a number of conversations about how important it is to check the dealer attributions when considering a bid or purchase.

    At first glance this seems to be just another from the pulvinar series for Domitian. However, this one is special because it is a group 3 denarius for Domitian's first year as Augustus. Group 2 and Group 3 denarii are all very rare. In fact there is only one group 3 denarius that is rated R. All the rest from both groups are R2 or R3. In this RIC, R3 means that only 1 example was known to the authors at the time of publication. My new acquisition is R2, very few known.

    I love the look of this coin.The portrait is awesome and that beard...

    If anyone is interested the grade is XF

    Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3)
    Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
    Rev: Curule chair; above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
    RIC 24 (R2), BMC P. 299; RSC 58a
    Not in RIC plates
    Stacks Bowers The February 2021 World Collectors Choice Online Auction Lot 71061 February 23, 2021

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  3. curtislclay

    curtislclay Well-Known Member

    The Berk piece is a different spec. than yours, though apparently from the same rev. die.
  4. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Thanks very much Curtis. I really appreciate it.
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  5. Spargrodan

    Spargrodan Well-Known Member

    Stunning coin @Orfew congrats! Very good condition which in many time is not the case when hunting rares. You've been pretty successful in finding Flavian rarities the last year. Keep it up!
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  6. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It's a great feeling to come across an unappreciated rarity and win it at auction! I am glad you were to acquire such a rarity for your collection, @Orfew.
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  7. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Wonderful coin Andrew. We're always on the lookout for these misattributed rarities and I agree, RIC is invaluable! The coin is where it belongs, in a serious Domitian collection.
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  9. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

  10. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Not only rare but also in a wonderful style. Congrats!
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  11. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    A really nice rarity that can fly under the radar. Congrats!
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