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A Unique Mint Mule of Domitian Caesar

David Atherton

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Mint mules under Vespasian between himself and Titus Caesar are not uncommon on the denarii due to frequently shared reverse types. But those between Vespasian or Titus and Domitian Caesar are unheard of. My latest coin happens to be one of those extraordinary mules.



Domitian as Caesar [Vespasian] Mule
AR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VI in exergue; Oxen, two, yoked l.
RIC 959A, BMC -. BNC -. RSC -.
Ex Harlan J Berk, MBS 224, lot 101. Ex Curtis Clay Collection. Ex CNG, E105, 5 January 2005, lot 156.

A unique mint mule combining an obverse of Domitian Caesar with a reverse intended for Titus Caesar. The yoked oxen type was struck exclusively for Vespasian and Titus Caesar in 77-78. This is the only known example of a mule pairing a Domitian Caesar obverse with a reverse intended for either Vespasian or Titus Caesar on the denarii. It has been assigned catalogue number RIC 959A in the RIC II.1 Addenda & Corrigenda.

In hand.



As always, thank you for looking!

Edited by David Atherton
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2 hours ago, Ocatarinetabellatchitchix said:

It’s quite an achievement to be the owner of a unique specimen coin ! Do you happen to know why it was overlooked in the revised RIC II version ?

Probably slipped through the cracks? Buttrey and Carradice were alerted to it post publication, perhaps by Curtis, and it was added in the RIC II.1 Addenda & Corrigenda.

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