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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitia

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Domitia
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by the empress Domitia, wife of the emperor Domitian, sometime between 81 and 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 shows the bust of the empress, facing to the right. Her hair is braided and tied at the back. The worn inscription 'DOMITIA AVGVSTA IMP DOMIT' around her records her title (Augusta) and abbreviates the name of her husband.

The designs on coins of the Roman Republic were chosen by individual moneyers, who often commemorated their own families. Coins of the Empire, however, focussed on the emperor and his family. Almost all gold and silver coins feature the head of the emperor or his family on the obverse.

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