Stay One Step Ahead

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

Rollover image to zoom | Full image view
Rollover image to zoom | Full image view
Click above thumbnail to see alternative view
Product ID:
P-30571

A strong portrait with a smoky patina.

Request Audio
Audio on Request
Request an expert staff to prepare an audio description for this item.
$375
Make an Offer Ask a question Propose a Trade
  • Our Guarantee

    We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity, title and grade of every item we sell. The tax invoices we supply ensure that you have these guarantees in writing.

    If you are in any way dissatisfied with an item you purchase from us, simply return it within 7 days at our expense and we'll either provide you with a replacement (where possible) or give you a prompt refund in full (including the cost of return post).

  • Availability

    All items ship within 24 hours of confirmed payment being received.

  • Secure delivery at a flat rate

    All orders are delivered via registered and insured mail at a flat rate of $8 for orders within Australia, and $25 internationally.

    Registered mail within Australia can take up to 1 week to arrive, while international registered mail can take up to 3 weeks. Urgent orders can be sent via Australia Post Express Mail at special request.

  • Return Policy

    We know you won't really be 100% satisfied with your online purchase until you actually get to see it for yourself. If you aren't 100% happy with it after you've physically examined it, our refund policy allows for a full refund (including the cost of return post), no questions asked. The item obviously must be returned in the same condition and in the same way we sent it out.

Description:

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.