Domitian

81 - 96 A.D.

Domitian was one of Vespasian's sons and brother of Titus. Upon the death of Titus, Domitian was given the title of Augustus and thus became the emperor. Domitian campaigned extensively in Britain and present-day Germany, ultimately being successful in both areas. He was also intensely concerned with the soundness of the economy and frequently revised tax laws to maximize the treasury's income and kept tax collectors busy round-the-clock. However, he did use these monies to rebuild Rome which had been through two major fires and the construction of many new building projects.

For all the good he did, Domitian was still hated by the Senate which was kept on a short leash at all times. Suspicious of others by nature, anyone he suspected of plotting against him was summarily executed. Not much better fate befell any other government official suspected of embezzling funds or conducting otherwise corrupt dealings. Another move which earned him enemies was the fact that he legislated strict moral laws while making no concessions in his own promiscuous affairs and other eccentric behaviors. Like so many other emperors, Domitian was assassinated in a plot that was left largely uninvestigated but that many scholars believe his successor, Nerva, played a role in.

Aureus

RIC 33 Aureus Obv: IMPCAESDOMITIANVSAVGPM; Laureate head right.
Rev: TRPOTIMPIICOSVIIIDESVIIIIPP; Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Athena left, holding spear.


RIC 248 (Vespasian), Cohen 29 Aureus Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVS, laureate head right.
Rev: CERESAVGVST, Ceres standing left, holding grain ears in right hand and torch in left. Lot sold for $8,000 1/16/02.


AR Denarius

RIC 19d, Cohen 577 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITIANVSAVGPM - Laureate head right.
Rev: TRPCOSVIIDESVIIIPP - Altar, lit and garlanded. Lot sold for $128 2/23/02.


RIC 21 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITIANVSAVGPM - Laureate head right.
Rev: TRPCOSVIIDESVIIIPP - Tripod altar with dolphin atop it.


RIC 32, Cohen 610 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITIANVSAVGPM - Laureate head right.
Rev: TRPOTIMPIICOSVIIIDESVIIIIPP - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.


RIC 41v AR Denarius Obv: CAESARDIVIFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Minerva advancing right, wielding javelin and holding shield at the ready.


RIC 45d, Cohen 395 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Clasped hands, holding eagle on prow.


RIC 46d (Titus) AR Denarius, Posthumous Obv: CAESARDIVIFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Lit altar, garlanded ; corn ears on both sides atop altar.


RIC 47d AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Helmet on throne.


RIC 50 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARDIVIFDOMITIANVSCOSVII.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Altar, lit and garlanded. Lot sold for $56 11/8/01.


RIC 50d, RSC 397a AR Denarius Obv: CAESARDIVIFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Lit altar, garlanded; corn ears on both sides atop altar.


RIC 51d, S 2677 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARDIVIFDOMITIANVSCOSVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Helmet on throne (table?)


RIC 86 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVI - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXIICOSXIICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt; shield resting against back of leg.


RIC 93 AR Denarius Obv: IMPMFDOMIAVGGERMIMPTRPVI; laureled head right.
Rev: IMPXIIICOSXIIICENSPPP - Minerva standing right, brandishing spear and holding shield at the ready. At her feet, an owl and ships prow.


RIC 101d AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVII - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXIIIICOSXIIICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt; shield resting against back of leg.


RIC 115, Cohen 70 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVIII. Laureate head right.
Rev: COSXIIIILVDSAECFEC. Cippus in wreath.


RIC 147, Cohen 261 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVIIII. Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVCENSPPP. Minerva advancing right brandishing javelin and holding shield.


RIC 148, Cohen 262 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVIIII - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVCENSPPP - Minerva standing right atop galley, holding javelin and shield at ready; at feet right, an owl.


RIC 150, Cohen 259 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVIIII - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVCENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear upright. Lot sold for $21 11/17/01.


RIC 155, Cohen 263 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPX - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVCENSPPP - Minerva left holding spear. Lot sold for $23 11/9/01.


RIC 157, Cohen 270 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXI - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVCENSPPP - Minerva standing right, brandishing javelin and holding shield. Lot sold for $17 12/18/01.


RIC 166, Cohen 273 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXI - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva advancing right brandishing javelin and holding shield at ready.


RIC 168, Cohen 272 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITIANVSAVGPM - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt.


RIC 169, Cohen 271 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXI - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPXXICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear. Lot sold for $21 11/13/01.


RIC 172, Cohen 281 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXII - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing right atop galley, holding javelin and shield at ready; at feet right, an owl.


RIC 173, Cohen 279 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXII - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPIICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding a thunderbolt and spear. Lot sold for $128 12/29/01.


RIC 174, Cohen 278 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXII - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding spear.


RIC 175 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXIII. Laureate head of Domitian right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP. Minerva advancing right, brandishing a javelin and holding a shield; at feet, owl.


RIC 178, Cohen 282 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXIII - Laureate head right
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing left, holding a spear in right hand.


RIC 179 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXIIII. Head, laureate, right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP. Minerva advancing right, brandishing javelin and holding shield.


RIC 190, Cohen 292 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXV - Laureate head right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVICENSPPP - Minerva standing right brandishing a javelin and holding shield at ready.


RIC 192, Cohen 291 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXV. Laureate head of emperor right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVIICENSPPP. Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; at her feet, shield.


RIC 193, Cohen 290 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPXV. Head, laureate, right.
Rev: IMPXXIICOSXVIICENSPPP. Minerva standing left, holding spear.


RIC 209a, Vagi 1162 AR Denarius Obv: DIVVSCAESARIMPDOMITIANIVF; Laureate head right.
Rev: boy, among stars, seated on globe


RIC 238 (Vespasian), Cohen 47 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: COSIIII - Pegasus walking right.


RIC 241d (Vespasian), Cohen 51 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: COSV - She-wolf and twins; boat below in exergue.


RIC 242, Cohen 49 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: COSV - Helmeted horseman riding right with right hand raised. Lot sold for $28 11/10/01.


RIC 246 (Vespasian), Cohen 393 AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITANVSCOSVI - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Clasped hands holding eagle on prow. Lot sold for $21 11/13/01.


RIC 246d (Vespasian), Cohen 393 AR AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVSCOSVI - Laureate head right.
Rev: PRINCEPSIVVENTVTIS - Clasped hands, holding eagle on prow.


Cohen 183, BMC 81 AR Denarius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPIIII; Head laureate right, aegis with Medusa head on shoulders.
Rev: IMPVIIIICOSXICENSORIAPOTESTATPP Germania seated right in mourning on shield.


Unlisted AR Denarius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVS - Laureate head right.
Rev: COSIIII - Minerva standing right on galley, brandishing javelin and holding shield at the ready; at feet, an owl.


Dupondius

RIC 694b, Cohen 445 Sestertius Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANVSCOSII - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: S C - Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt.


Dupondius

RIC 326a, Cohen 123 Dupondius Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMCOSXIICENSPERP - Radiate head right, aegis on left shoulder
Rev: FORTVNAEAVGVSTI S C - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.


As

RIC 102, Cohen 418 As Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMCOSXICENSPOT - Laureate head right.
Rev: SALVTIAVGVSTI S C - Altar Rome.


RIC 165c As Obv: CAESDIVIAVGVESPFDOMITIANCOSVII. laureate head right.
Rev: CERESAVGVST. S C on either side of Ceres standing left, holding corn-ears and torch.


RIC 242a As IMPCAESDIVIVESPFDOMITIANAVGPM, laureate head right.
Rev: TRPCOSVIIIDESVIIIIPP, S C across fields, Minerva advancing right, holding javelin and shield.


RIC 242b As Obv: IMPCAESDIVIVESPFDOMITIANAVGGERCOSX; Laureate head right.
Rev: S C - Victory advancing right holding aquila in both hands.


RIC 385a, Cohen 85 As Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMPMTRPVIIICENSPERPP. laureate head right.
Rev: COSXIIIILVDSAECFECSC; Domitian sacrificing left over altar; harpist and flute-player right; in background, temple.


RIC 392, Cohen 132 As Obv: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERMCOSXVCENSPERPP - Radiate head right.
Rev: FORTVNAEAVGVSTI S C - Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. Lot sold for $8 12/15/01.


RIC 691a, Cohen 1 As Obv: CAESARAVGFDOMITIANCOSII - Laureate head right.
Rev: AEQVITASAVGVST S C - Equity standing left, holding scales and scepter.