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Denarius of Domitian

This is the second coin sent in by Mike Ruczynski but this one was unearthed by his brother, John. It’s another Roman coin but is made of silver rather than base metal.

The coin is a denarius of Domitian, whose dates are AD 81 to 96. On the obverse the legend reads IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P (the end is not clear) around the laureate head of the emperor.

On the reverse is the standing figure of Minerva, with one hand on her waist and the other holding a spear. On this side the legend reads IMP XVII COS XVI? CENS P P P.

David Sear lists a number of similar varieties in volume I of Roman Coins and Their Values. Due to weakness in crucial areas I cannot be certain as to which one this is. All were struck at Rome and the likeliest date of this coin is AD 92-93.


The coin would grade good Fine but with weak areas. The generic type isn’t rare so my price range would be no higher than £40 to £50.

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