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ANCIENT ROMAN COINS - Imperial
"Flavian Emperors"

AD 69 to 96

Coins from the Flavian Emperors (AD 69 to 96).

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(Reference: S=Sear Roman Coins and Their Values (2000 edtion), RSC=Roman Silver Coins, RIC=Roman Imperial Coinage, MILNE=Catalogue of Alexandrian coins; GIC=Greek Imperial Coinage by Seaby)

Domitian as Augustus, AD 81. Silver denarius

Domitian as Augustus, AD 81. Silver denarius


Denomination: Silver denarius
Mint
: Rome.
Date
: AD 81
Size
: 16.5 x 17.8 mm.  Weight: 3.44 grams
Reference: Sear-2748

Grade
: VF
Obverse
: Head of Domitian right, with IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M around (the past part of the inscription is off the flan).
Reverse: Garlanded and lighted altar, with TR P COS VII DES VIII P P around.


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Order # 2298

Domitian as Augustus, AD 81 to 96. Bronze quadrans with a rhinoceros.

Domitian as Augustus, AD 81 to 96. Bronze quadrans with a rhinoceros.

Denomination: Bronze Quadrans.
Mint: Rome.
Date: AD 83 or later.
Size: 15.3 x 16.7  mm   Weight: 3.09 grams.
Reference: S-2834    
Grade:  gXF with a dark green patination, and great surfaces.  The nicest of this type I have seen.
Obverse: Rhinocerous walking Right. 
Reverse: S C with IMP DOMIT AVG GERM around.

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Order # 4506

Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian, AD 69 to 79. Silver denarius

Domitian as Caesar under Vespasian,
AD 69 to 79. Silver denarius


Denomination: Silver denarius.
Mint: Rome.
Date: AD 79
Size: 17.0 x 18.1 mm.  Weight: 3.41 grams.
Reference: S-2642, RSC-384
Grade: VF, well-centred with full inscriptions on both sides.
Obverse: Head of Domitian right, with CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI around.
Reverse: Salus standing right, resting against a column, with PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS around.


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Order # 3887

Domitian, AD 81 to 96. Silver denarius

Domitian, AD 81 to 96. Silver denarius

Denomination
: Silver denarius
Mint: Rome.
Date: AD 89
Size: 17.9 x 18.1 mm.  Weight: 3.16 grams.
Reference: RSC-252.
Grade: VF
Obverse: Head of Domitian right, with IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII around.
Reverse: Minerva in fighting stance right while standing on a ship's prow, brandishing a spear and holding a shield, with IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P.  There is a small figure of an owl at her feet.



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Order # 3886

(Reference: S=Sear Roman Coins and Their Values (2000 edtion), RSC=Roman Silver Coins, RIC=Roman Imperial Coinage, MILNE=Catalogue of Alexandrian coins; GIC=Greek Imperial Coinage by Seaby)



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THE FLAVIAN DYNASTY

As the winner in the civil war, Vespasian proved to be an able ruler under whom the Roman Empire prospered. He established the short-lived Flavian dynasty, consisting of himself and his sons, Titus and Domitian. The dynasty ended when Domitian turned bad and was murdered in a plot involving his wife.

For the coins of the Flavian dynasty, for each Emperor we will be listing the coin in a sequence that better reflects their historical context, rather than the more traditional alphabetical order most reference books use. This hopefully will give a better feeling of what the coins really represent.


DOMITIAN, AD 81-96


MINERVA SERIES

In AD 83, Domitian introduced a series of coins devoted to Minerva, his personal patron goddess, depicted in four distinctly different stances:

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Minerva standing left, holding spear and resting her hand on her right hip.

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Minerva standing left, holding spear and a thunderbolt, with a shield at her feet.

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Minerva standing right on the ground, holding shield and brandishing a spear.

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Minerva standing right on a gallery, holding a shield and brandishing a spear, with a small owl standing at her feet.



Each coin gives his TRP number on the obverse and generally his Imperator and Consulship numbers on the reverse, so can be easily dated to the exact year of issue. The series was struck right up to his death in 96 AD.


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