IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI, Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, right
IMP XX[I] COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva, helmeted, draped, standing left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and long vertical spear in left: round shield behind her
18.73mm, 2.8g, 6h
Parts of the legend are worn making attribution particularly diffult. We hae narrowed this coin down to BMCRE 194ff or 205ff. Based on the letter positioning we have decided that 194ff is the most likely.
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.