Secular Games Domitian Denarius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Jay GT4, May 23, 2019.

  1. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Well I've wanted one of these for quite some time now. Even though RIC rates it as Common it's actually quite scarce. It's a nice change from the Minerva reverses that consume Domitian's coinage.

    While searching, I found one on Ebay, but it was from our friend "High Rating, even Higher Price". It was ridiculously priced at $2100 US and marked down to $900ish. For a split second I thought of putting in a reasonable offer but my conscience just wouldn't let me hit the "Offer" button. I kept contemplating putting in an offer, going back and forth for several days...I just couldn't bring myself to support this guy.

    Then I checked Vcoins again, and low and behold, there's one that I hadn't noticed before! I contacted the seller and we quickly came an agreement in Canadian funds, including shipping and no worry about sending it across boarders. The coin arrived in less than a week and I'm happy I didn't have to deal with a shady character to get one.

    The coin is much nicer in hand and not nearly as banged up as the picture implies. It's toning up with a nice dark patina. I'm trying out some new lighting and camera settings so the picture may change soon, I just wanted to get it into my gallery.

    Secular Domitian.jpg

    Laureate head right

    COS XIIII across field; Column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC;
    all within laurel wreath


    Rome; September 14-December 31, 88 AD

    RIC 604 (C) Scarce


    Post your Non-Minerva reverses of Domitian or Secular games issues
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  3. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    WOW nice detail and toning, it definitely pays to look around. Domitian1.jpg
    Domitian As, Saecular Games reverse, 88 AD Rome, 28mm, 11.21gm. RIC 623
  4. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Love that reverse type AA
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  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Well done Jay! Refreshing to see a non-Minerva Domitian denarius. :p

    Here's a Secular Games type I like.

    D601.jpg Domitian
    AR Denarius, 3.27g
    Rome mint, 88 AD
    RIC 601 (C). BMC 135. RSC 73.
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC inscribed on column; to r., incense burner, further r., Herald stg. l., with wand and shield
    Acquired from Beast Coins, January 2010.
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  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Pretty cool coin, Jay.
    Shame those aren't common, it's cool.
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  7. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. My other choice was a RIC 601 like David's. Sweet coin David, as always!
  8. H8_modern

    H8_modern Attracted to small round-ish art

    This is a recent purchase I haven’t shown. Didn’t notice my quick picture wasn’t in focus until I cropped it, sorry about that.


    Domitian. As Caesar, AD 69-81. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.06 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Titus, AD 80-81. Laureate head right / Crested Corinthian helmet on draped pulvinar. RIC II 271 (Titus); RSC 399a.
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  9. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Great Pulvinar!
  10. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Hoping to figure this out eventually....

    Great pick up Jay!!!.... glad you stayed strong and dealt with someone you trust.

    I have nothing as lovely as yours - that is for sure..
    But I do love this big boy:

    35mm, 30.75 grams
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  11. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    A big boy indeed!
  12. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    hello Jay,

    great example congrats
  13. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice coin @Jay GT4 . About the Secular Games: They are organized once a century.Ceremonies that generally last 3 days and 3 nights, they are dedicated to Pluto, Proserpine, Apollo and Diana. Their organization is entrusted to the diligence of the »Quindecemviri sacris faciundis », a college of 15 priests in charge of the preservation of the Sibylline books. These games were created in 249 BC, then celebrated in 146 BC, from May 31st to June 12th 17 BC, under Augustus, in 47 AD under the reign of this Claudius, in October 88 for Domitian, in 204 under Septimius Severus, in 248 under the reign of Philip I where they coincided with the millennium of the foundation of Rome, finally the last time in 262 under the reign of Gallienus.
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