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Denarius of Domitian

Edward Burns sent in the images of this Roman silver denarius of Domitian, whose dates are AD 81-96. Further details are set out below.

On the obverse the legend reads IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P X around the right-facing laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse the figure of Minerva (holding a javelin and a shield) advances to the right and is accompanied by a legend that reads IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P.

In volume I of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values the obverse is the same as number 2735 but the reverse matches number 2734. The type was struck at Rome during AD 90-91.


Edward’s find would grade about VF but there are scratches on the emperor’s face and neck, which reduce the eye appeal. In its present state of preservation this denarius should be worth £60 to £70.

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