Ever since I saw a friends left facing Domitian denarii I have wanted one. Well I finally got one. It is quite worn, true, but there is enough of a portrait left to be pleasing.
I am very excited to add this one to my collection. According to my friend all left facing portraits on Domitian's denarii are rare, but those on coins for him issued as Caesar are especially so. Also, this is a non-Minerva denarius. You can barely see SALVS on the reverse resting on a column. You cannot quite see the snake being fed.
Domitian as Caesar Denarius 79 to 24 June
Obv:Head laureate l; CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANUS COS VI
Rev: Salus stg r resting on column feeding snake out of patera; PRICEPS IVVENTUTIS
RIC 1085 (R2)
Ex: Savoca Blue 19thauction April 21, 2019 Lot 1138
This next coin is listed as common but does not seem to be very common. I bought it because of the reverse. It is not Minerva it is SPES holding a flower. I did not have a Domitian with SPES and the price was right so I added this "little fish" as well.
Domitian as Caesar Denarius 75 CE
Obv: Head leaureate r; CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III
Rev: Spes stg l with flower; PRINCEPS IVVENTVT
RIC 788 [Vespasian]
Ex: Savoca Blue 19thauction April 21, 2019 Lot 1143
If you have made it this far...thank you. Please post your coins of Domitian or any coins where the portrait orientation makes the coin rare.