Many thanks to a fellow CT member

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    A little while ago @Parthicus Maximus sent me a PM to alert me to a rare Domitian that popped up on MA-Shops. When I saw it I did not hesitate I bought it immediately. It is rare for 2 reasons. First it has a rare obverse legend stating that Domitian is the son of the deified Vespasian. Second it has a rare left facing portrait of Domitian. Though left facing portraits show up on bronzes with some regularity, a left facing portrait on a denarius for Domitian is a rare sight indeed.

    There are a few of these on Forum. As far as I know they are all from the same dies. I am thrilled to have landed this one.

    I want to publicly thanks @Parthicus Maximus for reaching out to me to alert me to the listing of this coin. It is deeds like this that make this place a wonderful community.

    Domitian AR Denarius (81 CE) (Group 4)
    Obv: Laureate head left; IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM
    Rev: Tripod with fillets, Dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
    RIC 75 (R2)
    Purchased from Monetarium on MA-Shops December 6th 2019

    Domitian left.jpg
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  3. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Wow, cool find! That is a neat reverse type.

    That was very cool to alert Orfew to this coin.

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  4. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Sweet coin! I love the way CT friends help each other :)
  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    This is great. A wonderful new coin - and yours because of CT.
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Tell me the Ancients crew is not the best around! Great acquisition @Orfew
  7. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that I could help you. It is good to see how happy you are with this coin.
    In my opinion, the Titus-like portrait is, apart from the rarity of this coin, a plus.
  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus The Hungarian Antiquarian Supporter

    Very nice. I've gotten some great coins from Monetarium as well.
  9. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Great addition Orfew! Its very nice that another member helped!
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  10. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Great coin and collaboration. I like the fishing trophy reverse.
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  11. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Fantastic addition!

    Same dies as mine too.

    D75.jpg Domitian
    AR Denarius, 3.32g
    Rome Mint, 81 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, l.
    Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Tripod with fillets; above, dolphin
    RIC 75 (R2). BMC 22 note. RSC 568d corr. BNC 20.
    Acquired privately from Berk, 6 June 2013. Ex Berk 177, 15 November 2011, lot 275 (unsold). Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection

    Ian Carradice speculates that this die, because it is so close in style to the left facing portraits of Titus, indeed may have originally been a Titus obverse recut for Domitian. All the left facing portraits from the issue are from this same die. Interestingly, the coin is from the Fourth issue of 81 and presumably was not struck straight away within the first days of the new reign but more likely later in the year.
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  12. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    An updated photo
    D75 left.jpg
  13. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Glad it has arrived! I can't see that portrait enough, it's great.
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