Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 3) Rome (20 mm ) Obv: Head laureate right; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT Rev: Minerva standing left with victory and spear, shield at feet; COS VII DES VIII P P RIC 29 (R3) Purchased from ebay October 3, 2019. I purchased this because it is a rare PONT denarius. Most denarii from 81 CE that are found will be AVG PM in the obverse legend. All PONT denarii are rare to extremely rare. This one is no exception. I know of a few others but it is rated as R3 (unique) in RIC. 9. Domitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome 13 September-31 December AD 81 (18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h). NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5. Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt. RIC II 72 (R2), BMC--, RSC--, Cohen-- 2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the “Morris Collection” Phillip C Peck of New York, Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169 This was the first D 72 that I had seen come to market in the 3 years I had been looking. As you will see later on in this list, no sooner had I bought this one when another appeared on the market. I bought that too. This is yet another very rare Domitian denarius from the end of 81 CE. 8. Domitian. Denarius. Rome 82-83 CE . Obv: head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM Rev: Salvs std l with corn ears and poppy; SALVS AVGVST. RIC-145 (R). BMC 54 RSC 412 Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3135 March 7, 2019 Quite often people will complain about Domitian denarii because the coinage is dominated by the Minerva types. However, as this list shows, there is far more to the denarii of Domitian than Minerva. I love this coin for the SALVS reverse. This type is rare for Domitian. 7. Domitian, 81-96. Denarius 85 CE Fourth Issue (Silver, 20 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h), Rome. Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis. Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in her right hand and a spear in her left; behind her, shield. BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). RIC 336 (R2). Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019. Yes, this is a Minerva reverse, but not an ordinary one. Note the Aegis on the breast of Domitian on the obverse. The use of the Aegis on Domitian denarii is quite rare. 6. Domitian. Denarius. Rome 85 CE. (Fifth Issue) Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P V Rev: Minvera advancing r with spear and shield; IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP RIC-342 (R2). BMC – Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3136 March 7, 2019 Coin depicted on the Wildwinds database Another special example of a Minerva reverse denarius. This one is special because of the rare legend CENS POT. 5. DOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue (3.47 g), Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield, RIC 435 (R), RSC 201b BMC 93. Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine. Ex: H.D. Rauch GmbH, Auction 85 Lot 464 November 26, 2009 (sold for 333 USD plus fees) Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket. Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019. Best of Type in the Forum Ancient Coins Gallery One of my favorite coins from my collection. This pedigreed denarius has a fantastic obverse portrait. The toning is superb and it is overall just a beautiful coin. 4. Domitian AR Denarius. Rome 88 CE (Group 2) Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIII Rev: Minerva Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; CENS P.P.P. RIC-568 (R2) BMC 139 RSC 27 Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3133 March 7, 2019 Coin depicted on the Wildwinds database This is another special coin. Not only is the portrait great, the reverse is also interesting. As you can see, the reverse does not have a normal legend. Instead it has CENS P P P in the fields on the reverse. 3. Domitian, AR Denarius 81-96 CE. (81 CE Group 4) Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT Rev: Tripod with fillets; dolphin above; TR P COS VII DES VIII P P RIC: 73 (R3) Not in the RIC plates Purchased from Barakat Gallery Los Angeles I thought about this coin for a while before buying it because I had other targets. In the end I bought it because it is an extremely rare (R3) denarius and it is also a PONT type. This year has been fantastic for PONT denarii. I did not see more than 1 or 2 for about 3 years and all of a sudden several came to market this year. No…I did not get all of them. I know that I missed at least one that went to another collector of Flavian coins. 2. Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (Group 4) Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM; Head laureate right Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat draped above winged thunderbolt. RIC 72 (R2). Zeus Numismatics Prime 1 Lot 282 November 17, 2019 I was stunned when I saw this come to auction. The legend IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM is very rare for Domitian. I had just bought a D72 in a Heritage auction when this one appeared. It was of course misattributed. Many of Domitian’s denarii are misattributed by collectors and sellers. In my opinion this coin has a superb portrait of Domitian. Some first denarii can have unusual portraits but this one is a stunner. 1. Domitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3) 3.24g Rome mint, 81 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above RIC 21 (R2). Not in RIC plates. BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58 Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection Ex: David Atherton Collection Coin depicted on Wildwinds.com database Speaking of stunners, the portrait on this coin is nothing short of amazing. The other amazing thing about this coin is the provenance. It belonged to Harry Sneh and our own David Atherton. This is another very rare PONT denarius for Domitian. What is also exceptional is the condition of the coin. This had to be my number 1 coin of Domitian this year because of the portrait and because of the previous owners.