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Titus RIC-168
∆ Sestertius, 23.01g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
RIC 168 (C2). BMC 168. BNC 499.
Ex Felicitas-Perpetua, eBay, 23 September 2018.

Spes is a common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. Dio goes so far as to say Domitian hastened Titus death by having him packed in ice! All of this can be dismissed as nothing more than post Domitianic gossip intended to blacken Domitian's name. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his natural death in mid September 81.

The reverse is quite worn, but no matter, the portrait makes up for any of the reverse's deficiencies. A wonderful coin in hand!
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Titus
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Date added:Oct 09, 2018
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Mat  [Oct 09, 2018 at 06:24 AM]
Great portrait
FlaviusDomitianus  [Oct 09, 2018 at 09:47 AM]
Nice addition, congrats!
Randygeki(h2)  [Oct 10, 2018 at 09:45 AM]
sweet addition
quadrans  [Oct 23, 2018 at 12:56 PM]
Nice one
Josh H  [Dec 20, 2018 at 07:05 PM]
That portrait is phenomenal!