Domitian, AE As, Fortuna Augusta, 92-94 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Domitian
City/Region:
Rome
Denomination:
AE As
Composition:
Copper
Date:
92-94 AD
Obverse:
IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENSPER P P, Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, right
Reverse:
FORTUNAE AVGVSTI, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae: S-C left and right in field
Size:
26.88mm, 10.9g, 6h
Grade:
Choice EF, high relief, boldly struck, well centred, tight flan, light smoothing in fields, retoned, bare metal in parts of legend and dotted border
Provenance:
ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 399
References:
BMCRE 468A; RIC II, pt. 1, 407; Cohen I 133

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An exceptional As of Domitian with an excellent portrait

Domitianus (Domitian) was the son and heir of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. His 15 year reign (the longest since Tiberius) came to an abrupt end when he was assassinated by court officials. The CENSPER PP in the obverse legend represents Domitian making himself censor for life ("censer perpentuus"). Fortuna was the Roman goddess of fortune and the personification of luck. She is often shown with a ship's rudder and a cornucopiae. She is shown with the rudder with which she steers the world, the cornucopiae from which she dispenses plenty. Fortuna Augusta is an aspect of Fortuna which looks after the prosperity of the Emperor. H.Mattingly speculates that the appearance of Fortuna Augusta on coinage issued under Domitian is possibly linked to the dedication of the temple of the gens Flavia (BMCRE II, p. xcii). In the years 92-94 AD in which this coin was likely struck, the following events occur: Edict of Domitian ordering destruction of vines in provinces. War against Sarmatae and Suevi ended by Domitian in person. Domitian returns to Rome. Second expulsion of philosophers. Persecution of opposition leaders in Rome. Important buildings completed in Rome, the 'Capitolium', the 'forum transitorium', the 'divorum porticus', the 'Iseum Serapeum', the 'stadia', the 'horrea piperatoria', the 'templum Vespasiani', the 'Minerva Chalcedica', the 'Odeum'(BMCRE II, p. lxxxi).