88AD-89AD As – Domitian


The 88AD-89AD As - Domitian

Copper As of Emperor Domitian, struck around 88-89AD at the Rome Mint. Diameter 28mm and weighs 9.48mm.

COS XIIII on the Obverse of the coin indicates that Domitian was Consul for the 14th time. He achieved this in 88 AD and then for the 15th time from 1 Jan 90AD, so the coin must have been produced between 88AD and 89AD.

The Obverse shows the laureated head of Emperor Domitian facing right. Legend is "IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER P P".

The Reverse shows the Goddess Fortuna, standing and facing left,  holding rudder in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm. Fortuna is the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck.

"S C" across; SC means senatus consultum, or 'by decree of the Senate' so the coin was an official issue. Legend "FORTVNAE AVGVSTI".

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Roman Mint.
Domitian (Emperor 81AD-96AD)
Classification: Roman Emperor, Roman, Flavian dynasty

Emperor Domitian [TITVS FLAVIVS CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVGVSTVS] ruled from 81 to 96. He was born on 24 October 51 and was assassinated by court officials due to his authoritarian behaviour on 18 September 96.

Regnal name: Imperator Caesar Domitianus Augustus
General Description: Roman
The Roman Empire was one of the largest Empires in history, covering most of Europe, Britain, parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It was in existence from 27BC to 476AD, more than 500 years. And all these places used Roman coins throughout the era.

Originally coins were minted only in Rome, but by the third Century there were mints in other countries too. These mints sometimes produced more than 2 million coins per month to meet demand. Coins typically depicted the Emperor on one side and some other image or letters on the other. During the Empire, more than 10,000 different types of coins were created using copper, silver and gold.

Roman coins are usually classified as:

- Roman Republican Coins (about 300BC - 27BC)
- Roman Imperial Coins (27BC - 96AD)
- Roman Imperial Coins (96AD - 235AD)
- Roman Imperial Coins (235AD - 476AD)
- Roman Provincial Coins

The Denarius was the standard Roman silver coin and there were a range of others. As a guide, in the early republic (after 211BC) there was the Sestertius (=4 denarii), Dupondius (=5), As (=10, a tenner), Semis (=20), Quincunx (=24), Triens (=30), Quadrans (=40), Uncia (=120) and Solidus (=1000, it was gold). Values fluctuated later due to debasement and inflation.

The standard gold coin was the Aureus and was equal to 25 denarii or 100 sestertii. It's not far off the weight of a modern gold sovereign. The Aureus was introduced by Julius Caesar around 49BC and was the principal gold coin until about the 4th century when it was replaced by the gold Solidus.

The great part of this is that you can put together a really nice Roman coin collection with very little money, as many coins (although not all) are common and inexpensive. The coins are the best part of 2000 years old and are exciting to collect.

For more information see our articles:
Which Mint: Roman Mint
The origins of the Rome mint are from the manufacture of a silver coin near to the Temple of Juno Moneta back in 269BC. Juno was the personification of money.

Due to the size of the Roman Empire, Rome could not produce all the coins needed and Roman mints were set up in 27 locations, and there were more than 600 provincial mints scattered about the Empire. During overseas campaigns, Generals such as Caesar and Marc Anthony would mint their own coins to pay their armies.

Mint marks were used on the coins to differentiate the mint of manufacture.
Country of Origin: Roman Empire
The Roman Empire ran from 27BC to 476AD and was the post-Republican period of ancient Rome. It covered a large territory of Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia. It was ruled by an Emperor.
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ROMAN. DOMITIAN (81-96 AD). COPPER AS.
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