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A Duplicitous Domitian Dupondius

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My latest coin interested me for a couple of reasons. First, it's rare, and secondly it's not quite what it seems to be ...


Æ Dupondius, 11.68g
Rome mint, 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P; S C in field; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side
RIC 107 (R2). BMC 277. BNC 287.
Acquired from WNC, April 2024.

A decently rare dupondius from early 82, unusually sporting a laureate portrait. RIC notes of these dupondii: 'Examples clearly in brass, as opposed to copper, can be identified as dupondii, though the laureate head might lead one to identify them as asses.'

In hand.


The piece probably deserves a more thorough write-up at some point, but I'm feeling under the weather with a spring cold, so the above succinct description will have to suffice for now.

Thank you for looking!

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