᷅ SOLD: Domitian, 81-96 AD, AR Denarius, Minerva, struck 90 AD
225.00 AUD 185.00 AUD
- AR Denarius
- 90 AD
- IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIIII, laureate head right.
- IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt, shield resting against back of leg
- 19mm, 3.24g
- gVF, attractive toning
- ex Harlan J. Berk
- BMCRE II 167; RIC II 691; RSC II 260; Paris 159; Cohen I 260
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 Roman goddess Minerva was the daughter of Jupiter. The Roman equivalent of Athena, she is similarly the goddess of wisdom. Often shown with an owl, which symbolises wisdom. One week prior to his assassination, Domitian reportedly had a dream in which Minerva warned him that she was no longer able to protect him.