Domitian, the last of the Twelve Caesars, restored the economy by revaluing Roman coinage, rebuilding the city of Rome, and fortifying the border defenses of the Empire. He felt immense envy towards his older brother, Titus, and had a great desire to conquer Germany in an effort to achieve military fame, as in the end Titus had received all the glory for the successes in Judea. Domitian became deeply paranoid after learning of an astrological prediction about his death at “approximately noon”, and would become extremely reclusive around this time each day. He is said to have had a dream just days before his assassination in which the goddess Minerva came to him and told him she could no longer protect him.
The present piece is perfectly centered with stunning detail (Strike: 5/5) on the devices, lustrous metal flow (Surface: 5/5), and every bit of the eye appeal and originality expected on a Choice AU specimen. The obverse features the laureate head of Domitian, and the reverse shows Minerva (goddess of wisdom) standing on a prow. Among only 38 of these coins graded Choice AU, with only 16 finer known at NGC, this is a world-class silver specimen of the last of the Twelve Caesars.