Minerva in Bronze

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I have a fondness for Domitian's first year bronzes, which are somewhat overshadowed by the contemporaneous massive denarius issues. Recently I came across this fine example.


    D87.jpg Domitian
    Æ As, 11.10g
    Rome mint, 81 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; S C in field; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield
    RIC 87 (C). BMC 269. BNC 279.
    Acquired from Ken Dorney, March 2021.

    A common As from Domitian's first bronze issue struck in late 81. The reverse features his patron deity Minerva in a design which would later become more familiar on his denarii. It is likely based on a cult image.

    For comparison, here is the same Minerva type struck for a denarius.

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    Domitian
    AR Denarius, 2.98g
    Rome mint, 86 AD
    Obv: IMP•CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield (M1)
    RIC 435 (R). BMC 93. RSC 201b. BNC 97.
    Ex Dionysos, eBay, April 2016.

    Do you have a coin type that is more commonly seen on another denomination? If so, I'd like to see it!
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2021
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  3. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Here is my variation of Domitian AS with left facing bust and left facing Minerva.

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  4. Parthicus Maximus

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  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    That's a sweet coin!
     
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