Denarius of Domitian

Mike Ruczynski has been forced to stop detecting for a while due to illness. I’m sure that we all hope that he is up and about again as soon as possible. Mike’s brother John is still getting out and pictured here is one of his latest discoveries.

John’s find is a Roman denarius of Domitian, struck when he was Augustus (AD 81-96). If the whole of the legend on the obverse was clear then it would read IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XII around the laureate head of Domitian. On the reverse Minerva holds a spear in one hand and her other hand rests upon her hip; the legend on thus side reads IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P. In volume I of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values denarii of this type are listed as number 2725; they were struck at Rome during 92-93 AD.


Overall the coin would grade Fine to good Fine. It its present state of preservation I would price the coin at £45.

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