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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 69-81 AD Domitian Denarius Altar RIC 266 good VF

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 69-81 AD Domitian Denarius Altar RIC 266 good VF

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A strong portrait with a smoky patina.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 69-81 AD Domitian Denarius Altar RIC 266 good VF

Emperor: Domitian

Obverse: Laureate bust of Domitian to right, legend around. Legend: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANUS COS VII

Reverse: Garlanded and lit altar. Legend: PRINCEPS IVVENTUTIS

Reference Numbers: RIC 266

Diameter: 17.00 Weight:3.57 Metal: Silver

Condition: good VF

A strong portrait with a smoky patina.

”A Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins” by Dr John Melville Jones advises that one of the most important altars in the history of ancient Rome was the Ara Pacis, or the altar to peace.

Melville Jones advises that this altar “is probably represented on coins of Nero and Domitian”.

Wikipedia states that “The military campaigns undertaken during Domitian's reign were generally defensive in nature, as the Emperor rejected the idea of expansionist warfare.” That said, history shows that Rome was in conflict on several fronts during the reign of Domitian - on the German front; against the Chatti; in Gaul; and across the Danube frontier against the Suebi, the Sarmatians, and the Dacians.

Domitian is known for his reverence of the goddess Minerva - just what role this alter played in the politics of his reign is fascinating to contemplate.