David Atherton Posted February 21 · Member Share Posted February 21 In this second instalment of 'Revisiting the Collection' we take another look at a Domitian denarius won at auction way back in 2013. It still remains an important cornerstone in the collection. Domitian AR Denarius, 3.20g Rome mint, 85 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POTES P P; Germania seated r. on shield; below, broken spear RIC 331 (R2). BMC 82. RSC 181. BNC 84. Ex Roma Auction V, 23 March 2013, lot 728. In either 82 or 83 AD 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 some minor skirmishes. No large battles, a 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'. This rare denarius from 85 is a record of the war and triumph over the defeated German tribe. The coin is part of the last series of denarii minted with the recently increased silver fineness before the lesser Neronian standard was restored. During this period particular attention was paid by the die engravers to Domitian's portrait, evidenced here by the aegis and fine style. The Germania Capta reverse has become an iconic Flavian type, along with Vespasian and Titus' Judaea Capta types, despite the 'hollow' triumph it records. It's fantastic in hand! Thanks for looking/watching! 14 1 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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