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A Newly Freed Domitian Denarius


David Atherton

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This box containing one(!) coin arrived a couple of weeks ago from an eBay seller.

 

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The coin was slabbed and is so no longer!

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Domitian

AR Denarius, 3.48g
Rome mint, 83 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 162 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1988. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex eBay, March 2023.
Formerly in NGC holder #6330610-037, VF.

Struck between March and 13 September 83 AD, this denarius is part of an issue that introduced the four standard Minerva reverse types that would dominate the denarii of Domitian's reign. All the denarii from this issue are fairly rare today. This Minerva advancing right type is missing from Paris and is unlisted in RSC. The BM acquired a specimen in 1988.

Historical note: Mons Graupius, Agricola's climatic battle in Scotland, most likely occurred in the fall of 83 soon after this coin was minted.

 

In hand.

 

 

This acquisition at long last completed the issue for me. A most satisfying feeling!!

As always, thank you for looking and watching!

 

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That’s a great find on eBay. And so much packaging - a box and a slab. Sometimes they come loose in an envelope!

Here’s a regular Minerva.

Domitian Denarius, 90
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Rome. Silver, 18mm, 3.36g. Head of Domitian, laureate head right; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII. Minerva standing, head left, holding spear; IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P (RIC II.1, 692). From the Westbury Sub Mendip (Somerset) Hoard 2016, Portable Antiquities Scheme: SOM-F1847A.

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6 hours ago, Steppenfool said:

Love the Minerva issues. Domitian's Minerva coinage issues must have been the closest Roman's came to a consistent reverse motif over a long period of time like we moderns sometimes have.

I agree. A lot of people find the series monotonous and boring  ... obviously I beg to differ!

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14 hours ago, David Atherton said:

This box containing one(!) coin arrived a couple of weeks ago from an eBay seller.

 

20230326_224355.jpg.dc0c18fa2840bda32e0fcade3d9edc42.jpg

 

The coin was slabbed and is so no longer!

D162slab.jpg.0e19a7b39697dfe6398a455b35e5439b.jpg

D162slab2.jpg.b0f705aacb1bdbe1a10ffdd39545e38c.jpg

 

D162.jpg.f9f9bfd797befdad631b16bb98247eb3.jpg

Domitian

AR Denarius, 3.48g
Rome mint, 83 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 162 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1988. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex eBay, March 2023.

Struck between March and 13 September 83 AD, this denarius is part of an issue that introduced the four standard Minerva reverse types that would dominate the denarii of Domitian's reign. All the denarii from this issue are fairly rare today. This Minerva advancing right type is missing from Paris and is unlisted in RSC. The BM acquired a specimen in 1988.

Historical note: Mons Graupius, Agricola's climatic battle in Scotland, most likely occurred in the fall of 83 soon after this coin was minted.

 

In hand.

 

 

This acquisition at long last completed the issue for me. A most satisfying feeling!!

As always, thank you for looking and watching!

 

I am interested in the four types of the Domition Minerva series, I have one minted in:

Silver Coin (AR Denarius) minted at Rome during the reign of DOMITIAN between 93 - 94 A.D. Obv. IMP.CAES.DOMIT.AVG.GERM.PM.TR.P.XIII.: laur hd. r. Rev. IMP.XXII.COS.XVI.CENS.P.PP.: Minerva stg. r. on prow, holding shield and brandishing a spear, an owl at her feet. RSCII #284 pg.69. RICII #176 pg.174. DVM #44/4.

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3 hours ago, Jims,Coins said:

I am interested in the four types of the Domition Minerva series, I have one minted in:

Silver Coin (AR Denarius) minted at Rome during the reign of DOMITIAN between 93 - 94 A.D. Obv. IMP.CAES.DOMIT.AVG.GERM.PM.TR.P.XIII.: laur hd. r. Rev. IMP.XXII.COS.XVI.CENS.P.PP.: Minerva stg. r. on prow, holding shield and brandishing a spear, an owl at her feet. RSCII #284 pg.69. RICII #176 pg.174. DVM #44/4.

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Your coin should be new RIC II.1 762.

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