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Denarius of Domitian

Here’s another of Glyn Peak’s finds. The first was the penny of King John but this one is a Roman denarius. Glyn had difficulty pinning it down so he asked if I could provide a full ID.

Roman denarii are usually in decent condition when thy surface but this specimen isn’t. Firstly, it is a coin of Domitian, whose dates (as Augustus) are AD 81 to 96. If the whole of the obverse legend was visible then it would read IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M around the laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse is the standing figure of Minerva but none of the legend shows up.

Due to the very weak reverse I can’t give a definite type. It might be number 2746 in volume I of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values but this is a possibility rather than a definite ID.

Valuation

The obverse has been struck off centre and would grade about Fine at best. The reverse is weak and only in Poor condition. In terms of value, I’d say no more than £10 but it is at least a space-filler for anyone lacking a denarius of Domitian.

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