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ID number: BIRBI-R1047
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Domitian (81-96)
Title / Object name / Definition: Denarius
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 95
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 3.29 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Domitian
Reverse: Minerva holding spear and shield, with owl at her feet. Domitian was particularly dedicated to Minerva, in honour of whom he founded a college of priests. Domitian was granted the name Germanicus in AD 84 following his successful campaign in Germany. Domitian continues to use the republican titles which were the constitutional basis of the secular power of the emperor, Tribunicia Potestate and his religious authority, Pontifex Maximus, as well as holding the consulship, the senior republican magistracy. Domitian is also titled Censor for life. Censor was the most honoured republican office. It could only be held by those who had already been Consul and was usually a five year post. The Censor revised the tax registers, citizen roles and membership of the Senate.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: IMPCAESDOMITAVG GERMPMTRPXIIII (Imperator, Caesar Domitian Augustus, Victor over Germany, Chief Priest, [in his] fourteenth Tribunician Power)
Reverse: IMPXXIICOSXVIICENSPPP (Victorious General twenty two times, Consul seventeen times, Power of the Censorship in perpetuity, Father of his Country)
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