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    Powerful Portrait

    Domitian, as Caesar (AD 69-81). AV aureus (19mm, 7.33 gm, 6h). Rome, under Vespasian, ca. AD 76-77. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head of Domitian right / Cornucopia bound with diadem; COS - IIII across field. RIC 918. Calic├│ 817. A remarkable aureus, struck in extreme high relief and possessing a portrait of blunt power. NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style.

    Titus Flavius Domitianus was born in AD 51 to the general Vespasian, who successfully seized the throne to conclude the civil wars of AD 68-69. As a young man, Domitian was largely overshadowed by his charismatic older brother Titus, a situation that probably shaped his dour, resentful character. Unlike Titus, he was given no military commands or important posts except the largely ceremonial Consulship, which he held multiple times. When Vespasian died in AD 69, there were rumors that he had left the throne jointly to both of his sons, but that Titus had altered the document to name only himself. Nevertheless, Domitian sullenly supported his brother's regime until, unexpectedly, Titus died in AD 81 after reigning only two years, at last giving Domitian a chance at absolute power.




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