Rare Domitian Denarius

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  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I have been on a ship in the Atlantic ocean for the last 7 days so I have not posted in a little while. I placed an absentee bid on a rare coin of Domitian and when we were in port on Tuesday I found out I had won it. It is in rough shape but one cannot be too choosy if one wants to have an example. What makes it rare is the inclusion of "PONT" in the obverse legend.

    Domitian ric 40.jpg

    Roman empire - Domitian (81-96 AD.) silver denarius
    (2.87 g 18 mm). Rome. 81 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMITANVS AVG PONT, laureate head right
    Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
    RIC II 40. (R2)
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  3. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Neat find
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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice! I know the joy of picking up a rare variety that went unnoticed.
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  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Congrats on the nice pick-up!

    And speaking to the rarity of this variant, your coin is a double die match with my example.

    Curiously, the die's obverse legend displays the Greek influenced 'Y' instead of 'V', perhaps evidence of a Greek engraver's handiwork.
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  6. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Eagle eyes! Congrats Andrew. Beautiful example David.
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