Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of the emperor Domitian (Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus), 81-96 C.E. The laureate head of Domitian faces right in profile; on obverse with the inscriptions "CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS" surrounding image. Obverse of coin is off struck, inscriptions on right faded and difficult to decipher. On reverse, a she-wolf is suckling Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers of Rome's foundation myth, and a boat in the exergum with the inscriptions "COS V" above the she-wolf. Reverse inscriptions based on Sear reference; inscription is faded and illegible.
Date range: 81-96 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 51 C.E., he was the younger son of Vespasian and Flavia Domitilla and younger brother of Titus. During the reigns of his father and brother he was kept very much in the background, but on the death of Titus his succession was not disputed. At first he showed great promise, but he was very unpopular with the senatorial nobility and this resulted in numerous plots and conspiracies. Domitian, who was suspicious by nature, reacted violently, and the last years of his reign were ones of terror and oppression. He was eventually murdered on September 18th, 96 C.E., as a result of a palace plot involving his wife, Domitia, his chamberlain and the Praetorian Prefect. Domitian's coins were minted in Rome, Lugdunum, and possibly Ephesus.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #2639, pg 485.
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