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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitian

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitian
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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 emperor Domitian was a vain man who many feel verged on insanity towards the end of his reign. Increasingly brutal and unpopular, he held power due to the loyalty of the army. He was murdered in 96 AD.

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