And now M3 and M4--
In late summer of 92 Domitian collected his 22nd Imperial Acclamation, the First Issue came to a close, and the Second Issue began. The Roman mint had struck four different denarius types for this first issue, M1, M2, M3, and M4, and I own them all. So now today if I see a coin with TR P XI on the front all I have to do is take a quick peek at the back to make sure it says IMP XXI and not IMP XXII because then I can push it aside and forget about it, right? Because, so far as my little coll. is concerned, the First Issue of 92 A.D. is complete, right? Easy-peasy, right?
The RIC 730 pictured above (M2, top row on the right) is actually a replacement coin. Before this one came along I already owned a perfectly serviceable example of RIC 730. What happened? This new RIC 730 happens to be something of a celebrity coin, its picture appearing in Portraits: 500 Years of Roman Coin Portraits by Andreas Pangerl, Munich, 2017. (Page 75, you can look it up.) I wound up bidding more than I ought to have on a coin I already owned due to the fact that this new coin would be appearing in a book; then I turned around and spent quite a lot of money advance-ordering a book that I probably never would have purchased otherwise due to the fact that there was going to be a picture of my coin in it. Everybody else who won a coin in this particular NAC auction probably did exactly the same thing I did. Of course, somewhere in the middle of the whole process the thought did cross my mind that this was a pretty smart way to sell both coins and books. Ha ha, but do I regret it? Nope.
So. This issue was complete before I bought my celebrity coin, and it's complete now. Am I through with it? Finally? According to my current opinion, yes. Still, RIC 733 (M4, bottom row on the right) is little better than VG on the reverse and someday I might talk myself into an upgrade if I were to find something with more detail and not too expensive. On the other hand perhaps I'll decide that the money would be better spent filling a square on the grid that isn't already occupied. Hmm, and now that I'm getting another look at the back of RIC 733, doesn't that dot after the I in XXI look a little bit like another I? Ah, the simple joys of coin-collector-hood!
RIC 728, 730, 732, and 733, the First Issue of 92 A.D., M1, M2, M3, and M4. Bingo!
Next: Who knows? I sure don't!