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Titus as Caesar RIC 860
AR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 860 (R2). BMC 191 var. RSC 59 var.
Obv: T CAESAR - IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS - V across field; Eagle head r. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.

A rare variant of a fairly common type. The eagle's head is facing right instead of the more common left, perhaps a whim of the die engraver.

The eagle & base type's original design included a thunderbolt, although not well rendered because of the unwieldiness of the design. Over time, either from laziness or expediency, the engravers began omitting the thunderbolt altogether. It seems most of these were struck without thunderbolts, so they were probably dropped very early in the issues production. It's rare to find the type with one.
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