Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitian

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitian.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitian

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Domitian in 93 or 94 AD. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the head of the emperor wearing a laurel wreath. Around him is the inscription 'IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII' which identifies the emperor and abbreviates many of his titles.

The Romans needed coins for one main purpose - to pay the salaries of her huge military force. They were also needed to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works and special payments to the poor.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-528-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C11720
Date: 93 - 94
Minted in 93 or 94 AD
Material: Silver; edge nick and small crack at 12.0 (obverse); slight abrasions; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII; laureate head right / Rev. IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P; Minerva advancing right, brandishing javelin a
Dimensions: 20.00 x 21.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 175
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Domitian
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Newstead
Description: Silver denarius of Domitian, Rome, AD 93 - 94
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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