Domitian was the last of the Flavian dynasty. He was born in AD 51, the son of Vespasian and the younger brother to Titus. He became emperor in 81 and ruled with an iron fist, he was particularly cruel to his enemies and he is known to have executed some 30 senators. This put him at odds with the Senate who considered him a tyrant, so much so that there were plots to assassinate him. One such plot succeeded and he was murdered in 96. The Senate were quick to try to obliterate him from history by 'condemning his memory to oblivion;' tearing down statues and architectural features that bore his name. So it is surprising that so many of his coins survive!
Reverse: Pegasus stepping, COS IIII
Ref: RIC 238
£80 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)
Domitian, Silver Denarius, Minera Standing, Rome, AD 92
Reverse: Minerva, helmeted, standing holding spear in right hand, IMP XXII COS XVI CENS PPP
Grade: Fine, slightly off centre
Ref: RIC 738
£70 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask) #495c
Domitian, AE As, Rome, Fides, AD 81-96, Excellent Reverse
Reverse: Fides standing, right, holding fruit basket and grain stalks, FIDEI PVBLICAE, S-C above grain
Ref: RIC 2 647
£190 (+P&P to UK, other locations please ask)
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