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Titus as Caesar RIC 571
∆ As, 9.55g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN IMP IIII PON TR POT III COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C in lower field; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears
RIC 571 (R2). BMC -. BNC -.
Acquired from N&N Collection, December 2019.

An extremely rare As struck for Titus Caesar in 73 AD featuring an extraordinary obverse legend. Unusually, both the imperatorial and tribunican numbers are included, which is quite rare on the bronze. Although the coin was struck after July the legend omits the title CENS, which had been adopted in Titus' titulature since April. The clasped hands type was struck in both silver and bronze and according to H. Mattingly symbolises Concordia (clasped hands), agricultural prosperity (corn-ears), and successful trade (caduceus) in relation to the censorship. Also of note, the S C on this coin is in the lower field instead of the more common in exergue.
Missing from the BM and Paris collections.

Elegant style in superb condition.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Titus
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Date added:Jan 24, 2020
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 24, 2020 at 08:55 AM]
Beautiful indeed.
Anaximander  [Jan 24, 2020 at 01:20 PM]
I dare say: it's as aesthetically pleasing as it is rare.
Parthicus Maximus  [Jan 24, 2020 at 02:46 PM]
A wonderful piece!