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.

Many coins issued by the Roman emperors can be dated by inscriptions which record how many years the titles of the emperor were renewed. This coin records that it was issued during the 13th renewal of the Tribunitian power, a privilege giving immunity from prosecution and the right to introduce legislation.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-532-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1958.61
Date: 93 - 94
Minted in 93 or 94 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII; head of Domitian, laureate, r. / Rev. IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P; Minerva standing l., holding thunderbolt and spear, shield at her feet
Dimensions: 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 77
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Domitian
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Domitian, Rome, 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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