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 95 or 96 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, facing to the right. Around him is the inscription 'IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV' 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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Online ID: 000-180-001-550-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.478
Date: 95 - 96
Minted in 95 or 96 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; head of Domitian, laureate, r. / Rev. IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva standing l., holding thunderbolt and spear, shield at her feet
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 192
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Domitian
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Domitian, Rome, 95 - 96
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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