Domitian Æ Sestertius, 22.60g Rome mint, 86 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis Rev: S C in field; Domitian standing l., with parazonium and spear; to l., river-god (Rhenus) reclining RIC 468 (C). BMC 377. BNC 399. Ex eBay, 9 February 2020. Ex Künker, eLive Auction 57, 12 December 2019, lot 97. In late 82 or early 83 Domitian conducted a census of Gaul as a smoke screen in order to make preparations to invade the Germanic Chatti lands across the Rhine. Not much is known of what the actual war consisted of - perhaps some road building, punitive raids against Chatti strongholds, and minor skirmishing. No large battles, à la Mons Graupius, have come down to us, prompting Tacitus' assertion 'that in recent times, the Germans were more triumphed over than conquered'. Even the date of the conflict is in dispute - although Domitian did rack up four salutations between June 83 and September 84, several of which must be attributed to the Chattan Campaign. Domitian celebrated a triumph over the Chatti in 83, after which he claimed the title 'Germanicus'. Beginning in 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. One of the more interesting types carried over into 86 features a triumphant Domitian standing over the reclining river-god Rhenus. It is a more poetic type than those showing captives or war trophies, although, even here Domitian is resting his foot on the river-god's knee symbolising Rome's domination over Germania. River-gods in Roman art were normally portrayed as reclining naked with long flowing beards and crowned with tamarisk or rushes (Dio Chrysostom, Oration 4 85). This Roman mosaic from Zeugma shows the river-god Euphrates, which is very similar to the one depicted on the coin. Feel free to show your river-gods, or even better - defeated river-gods.