Roman Imperial coin, copper, AE as or sestertius. Struck during the reign of the emperor Domitian (Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus), 82 C.E. The laureate head of Domitian faces left in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AUG P M" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy, faces right holding a spear in her right hand and a shield in left right with the inscriptions "TR P COS VIII DES VIII P P" surrounding image and "S-C" left and right of image. Reverse of coin off struck, rendering right side of inscriptions illegible.
Date: 82 C.E.
Remarks: According to Jones (1992), the goddess that Domitian worshipped the most zealously was Minerva. Not only did he keep a personal shrine dedicated to her in his bedroom, but she regularly appeared on his coinage—in four different attested reverse types—and he founded a legion, Legio I Minervia, in her name. Domitian's coins were minted in Rome, Lugdunum, and possibly Ephesus.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), 2778, pg 501;
Jones, B. W., The Emperor Domitian, (1992).
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|