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    Bold Domitian Portrait

    Domitian, as Caesar (AD 69-81). AV aureus (20mm, 7.32 gm, 6h). Choice AU, repaired. Rome, under Vespasian, AD 75. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III,  laureate head of Domitian right / PRINCEPS IVVENTVT, Spes advancing left, holding flower in right hand and raising hem of her stola with the left. RIC (Vespasian) 787. BMCRE (Vespasian) 155. CBN (Vespasian) 131. Calicó 912. The laurel wreath and hair apparently repaired, otherwise deeply struck and lustrous, possessing a fine early Flavian portrait in high relief.

    Ex Künker  262 (13 March 2015), 7996 (realized $35,700 hammer). 

    As a young man, Domitian was largely overshadowed by his older brother Titus, a situation that probably shaped his dour, resentful character. He served as Caesar during the reign of his father Vespasian, AD 69-79, but was kept in the background while Titus was essentially co-emperor. This attractive gold aureus, struck in AD 75, names him as "Prince Of Youth," a largely ceremonial title borne by imperial heirs in their teens and 20s. In AD 79, Vespasian was succeeded by Titus, with Domitian taking the junior position of Caesar. But Titus ruled only two years before he  fell ill and died in September of AD 81. Domitian wasted no time in seizing power as the third emperor of the Flavian dynasty.


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