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    Domitian As 'Hope'

    Domitian, as Caesar (AD 69-81). AV aureus (20mm, 7.40 gm, 12h).  Rome, AD 74-75. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III, laureate head of Domitian right / PRINCEPS IVVENTVT, Spes walking left, holding flower in right hand and lifting hem of stola with left. RIC (Vespasian) 787. Cohen 374. Calic├│ 912b (same dies). A splendid example, crisply struck and lustrous. NGC AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    Titus Flavius Domitianus was born in AD 51 to the respected senator and general Vespasian, who successfully seized and held the throne to conclude the civil wars of AD 68-69. As a young man, Domitian was largely overshadowed by his older brother Titus, a situation that probably shaped his dour, resentful character. In AD 79, Vespasian was succeeded by Titus as Augustus, with Domitian taking the junior position of Caesar. But Titus ruled only two years before he abruptly fell ill and died in September of AD 81, and Domitian wasted no time in seizing power as the third emperor of the Flavian dynasty. This aureus, struck during Domitian's Caesarship, pairs him with the goddess Spes ("Hope"), placing upon him the Roman people's "hopes" for continued stability under the Flavians. 


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