David Atherton Posted August 19, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 19, 2022 (edited) At first glance this appears to be an average Domitian dupondius ... needless to say it is not. Domitian Æ Dupondius, 10.44g Rome mint, 86 AD Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r. Rev: S C in field; Mars adv. l., with Victory and trophy RIC 482A (R3). BMC -. BNC -. Acquired from Den of Antiquity, August 2022. The Mars advancing right type was struck for Domitian's middle bronzes for a short period between 85-87 AD. No doubt it was part of the massive Germania Capta series struck on the coinage in the wake of the Chattan war. Notably it copies a reverse design previously struck for Vespasian's sestertii. This specimen is an extremely rare variant featuring an obverse portrait lacking aegis. The overwhelming majority of aes portraits from the issue were struck with aegis. The mint engraver's would gradually move away from aegis portraits over the next couple of years, but in 86 they were dominate and any deviation can be chalked up to engraver's whim. Second known specimen. Listed as unique in the RIC II.1 Addenda. Please post your 'unassuming rarities'. Thanks for looking! Edited August 19, 2022 by David Atherton 17 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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