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Sestertius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Domitian

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

88

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This coin commemorates Emperor Domitian’s celebration of the Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) in Rome in 88 CE. The front (obverse) of the coin portrays the head of the emperor Domitian, facing right. On the back, Domitian is shown seated on a low platform inscribed SVF P D, reaching out to a standing citizen, who extends his hand; a child stands between them with hands raised and a tetrastyle temple is shown in the background. The scene depicts the distribution of suffimenta (materials for the ritual purification of private homes) at a tetrastyle temple.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Sestertius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Domitian

Place

Roman Empire (Minted in)

Date

88 CE

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER PP Reverse: COS XIIII LVD SAEC SVF P D S C

Dimensions

Diam.: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1320

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