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2 Very Rare Domitian Denarii

 
 
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 Posted 10/07/2019  9:28 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A few days ago I was contacted by another Flavian collector who was selling 2 Domitian PONT denarii. We made a deal and the coins are on the way. The PONT denarii are very special to anyone who specializes in the coins of Domitian. They were struck for a very brief period of time and they are all very rare to extremely rare. To illustrate, all PONT denarii are either R2 or R3. In the newest RIC II part one this means very few examples known to the authors or only one example known to the authors. I have to say that it looks like the given rarity is fairly accurate because these coins appear very infrequently on the market. I know exactly 4 collectors who care about these coins. To others they may appear to be interesting oddities, but to me they are important witnesses to Domitian's first year as Augustus.


I love many things about the coins themselves. First is the provenance. Both coins were owned by Harry Sneh.

The first coin is RIC 21. This is actually my second example of this coin. This is highly unusual as it is difficult enough to find one example never mind 2. Below is the coin I just acquired. I think it is safe to say that the new acquisition is a considerable upgrade.


Domitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3)
3.24g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above
RIC 21 (R2). BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58
Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection
Ex: David Atherton Collection





As for the second coin. It is also very special. It is RIC 34 (R3)- 1 example known. This new acquisition coin is unsurprisingly a double die match to the RIC plate coin. I can find no other examples of this coin anywhere. As far as I know, this coin is the second one known.

Domitian AR Denarius, 81 CE (Group 3)
3.23g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
RIC 34 (R3). BMC -. RSC -
Ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection.
Ex: David Atherton Collection


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 Posted 10/07/2019  10:02 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super coins Andrew. How many of his denarius do you have now?
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 Posted 10/07/2019  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Ron, I think I have about 40 Domitian denarii now.
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 Posted 10/07/2019  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Always fascinating to hear about how you manage to acquire more rarities. Remarkable. What an important collection you have formed. Congrats on these latest additions, Andrew.
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 Posted 10/08/2019  02:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great pick ups orfew!
Both from Rome in the same year yet a marked difference in the portrait styles very nice!
Congrats Paul
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 Posted 10/08/2019  05:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done @orfew! I really like the depiction of the "winged thunderbolt".
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 Posted 10/08/2019  08:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for your kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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