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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    BNK,R.800

  • Denomination

    • dupondius
  • Description

    Copper alloy coin.(obverse) Head of Domitian, radiate, right.
    (reverse) Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; to left, victimarius with goat and sheep, flute-player and lyre-player standing right; in background, six-column temple, eagle in pediment.

  • State

    • Roman Empire
  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 88
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 11.83 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER [P P]
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse exergue
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        S C
  • Curator's comments

    The reverse shows the sacrifice of a black sheep and a goat to the Moirae on the first night of the games (Ludi saeculares).

  • Bibliography

    • RE2 411, p.390 bibliographic details
    • RIC2.1 628, p.309 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1877

  • Acquisition notes

    The Bank of England loaned their Collection to the British Museum in 1865 wishing to make it accessible to the general public. This remained as a separate Collection until 1877 when the Bank Directors decided it would be more useful to the museum and the public if incorporated into the national collection. The Bank of England collection was therefore presented to the British Museum in 1877, any duplicates being sold to create a coins and medals purchase fund.

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    BNK,R.800

  • C&M Catalogue number

    • RE2p390.411

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