Twelve Caesar’s Domitian AD 81-96 Gold Aureus NGC XF Rare Minerva Reverse Type
Roman Empire Domitian AD 81-96 Gold Aureus NGC XF Rare Minerva Reverse type
“12th of the 12 Caesars". Domitian is remembered as the Caesar that didn't care about his people, and the envy he felt for his brother Titus.
This is a very rare type with the Minerva reverse. It’s my job to put you in the best bang for your money building this set. We’ve found the final Emperor #12. Even though it’s only a XF it’s also perfect for strike and surface, with outstanding artistry and eye appeal. Struck in High Relief. NGC has only graded 14 coins in all grades of the rare Minerva type
Domitian augustus, 81 - 96.
Aureus 82, AV 7.76 g. IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M Laureate head of Domitian r. Rev. TR POT IMP II COS VIII DES VIIII PP Helmeted and draped bust of Minerva l., wearing aegis and holding sceptre. NGC XF Strike 5/5 Surface 3/5
Very rare. Two portraits of fine style struck in high relief, an almost invisible mark on the dotted border on reverse
For unknown reasons, Minerva was highly favored by Domitian and became virtually the only Roman deity honored on his silver and gold coinage as Augustus. Minerva was the goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare. Domitian founded a legion in her name, Legio I Minervia.
In more modern times, Minerva is featured on the US Army Medal of Honor. The highest military honor given to solders for bravery beyond the call of duty. In the middle of the medal is Minerva to symbolize wisdom and war and personify the United States.