Domitian restored the economy of Rome 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.

Of all the “Twelve Caesars” coinage, those of Domitian are the most readily available. His silver denarius coins represent the best value; nice examples of his gold and copper coins are surprisingly hard to find.