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 88 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 VII' which identifies the emperor and abbreviates many of his titles.

There was no single title 'Emperor' in imperial Rome. Instead, emperors assumed or were given a number of titles. Domitian recorded a large number on his coins. On this side, the following appear: Imperator, Caesar, Augustus, Germanicus, Pontifex Maximus, and Tribunician potestatis.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-536-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1959.531
Date: 88
Minted in 88 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; head of Domitian, laureate, r. / Rev. IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva standing r. on prow, owl
Dimensions: 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 114
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Domitian
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Domitian, Rome, 88
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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