The Tribunicia potestas The function of tribune of the people dates back to the Roman republic. The people's tribune had the duty to defend the interests of the common people. It was an important function because it represented something of a counterpower. The person who held this position had a number of important power resources. The entirety of these means of power was called the Tribunicia potestas (tribunician power). The tribunicia potestas consisted of the following elements: inviolability during function right of veto on decisions of the senate and magistrates Right to convene the Senate. The right to make legislative proposals Publishing edicts After the seizure of power by Augustus, the role of the Tribunicia potestas changed. Augustus was granted the rights of tribunicia potestas in 23 BC, but he did not hold the position of tribune of the people. After him it was therefore no longer customary for the emperor to hold the position of tribune of the people, but the rights of tribunicia potestas were granted to most emperors after Augustus. Tribunicia potestas rights were very important to emperors. They largely gave the emperor his power base. It is true that the emperor was often an authoritarian leader, but many of the actions an emperor could perform were legally established. This gave the impression that the emperor's power was limited by law, and it was also what distinguished him from kings and dictators. It was customary in Roman imperial times for an emperor to acquire the rights of tribunicia potestas upon taking office. Subsequently, they were renewed every year on the date of appointment. On coinage, Tribunicia potestas is usually shortened to TRP. It is something that is very often mentioned on coins. Domitian The eleventh emperor of the Roman Empire, Domitian, also obtained the rights of the tribunicia potestas. He took power on September 13, 81 AD and the senate awarded him the rights of tribunicia potestas on September 14. From that moment on, Domitian renewed his rights of Tribunicia potestas every year. I will make clear with a few examples that he not only owned but also applied the rights of tribunicia potestas. Once upon the occasion of a plentiful wine crop, attended with a scarcity of grain, thinking that the fields were neglected through too much attention to the vineyards, he made an edict forbidding anyone to plant more vines in Italy and ordering that the vineyards in the provinces be cut down, or but half of them at most be left standing; but he did not persist in carrying out the measure. Suetonius, life of Domitian:7 He took such care to exercise restraint over the city magistrates and the governors of the provinces, that at no time were they more honest or just, whereas after his time we have seen many of them charged with all manner of offences. Suetonius, life of Domitian:8 Domitian was an emperor who saw himself as the new Augustus. It was therefore not surprising that he controlled almost all aspects of public life. Suetonius admits that his approach to corruption was successful, but with a stab at the end of the sentence he makes sure he is not too positive about this publicly damned emperor. The coin This denarius was struck after Domitian obtained his tribunicia potestas rights for the fifth time (TR P V). The coin can therefore be dated between September 14 and sometime in November 85 AD. Domitian 81-96 AR denarius Struck 85 AD (fifth issue) IMP•CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V Head of Domitian, laureate IMP•VIIII COS XI CENS POT•P•P• Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at foot right (M2) 3,10g/19,5mm Ric 343(R2) Ex CGB Recently I posted my first coin from 85 AD, which I searched for over a year. Now it seems as if these coins are blowing towards me. Not only have I been able to add this rarity, there are a few more on the way. I do not know what an explanation is for the fact that quite a number of them appeared suddenly, but I am very happy with it. Please show your coins related to the tribunician power. That can be the title TRP, but also a reverse that has something to do with the tribunician power, or something else relevant.