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By Jove! It's Another Domitian

David Atherton

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Domitian was certainly very fond of Jupiter, perhaps only surpassed by his devotion to Minerva. My latest acquisition has one of the more fleeting appearances of the supreme god on Domitian's coinage. A decent example I'm very pleased to have added.




Æ As, 8.83g
Rome mint, 84 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: IOVI CONSERVAT; S C in field; Jupiter stg. l., with thunderbolt and sceptre
RIC 218 (C). BMC -. BNC 302.
Ex eBay, April 2023.

Domitian's bronze mint after a brief hiatus in 83 returned the following year with a slate of new reverse designs. This relatively scarce as showing a standing Jupiter appears for the first time in the coinage here. Struck in 84, this Jupiter type with the legend IOVI CONSERVAT depicts the god as Domitian's divine protector. It would later be discontinued after 86. Although rated as 'common' in RIC, this variety is missing from the BM.

Nicer in hand.


Not bad for a $30 eBay bargain!

Thanks for looking!

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