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Titus RIC-108 (2)
AR Denarius, 3.26g
Rome mint, 80 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Curule chair; above, wreath
RIC 108 (C2). BMC 66. RSC 318. BNC 53.
Ex JW Harper Collection.

Most dies of this 'pulvinar' type depict the wreath sitting atop the chair unadorned. Here we see what appears to be some sort of semi-circular backing. Ben Damsky in his paper 'The Throne and Curule Chair types of Titus and Domitian' speculated the semicircle variant may be the result of a literal minded engraver who included the support device that held the wreath in place(!). I'm not quite sure what it is. Possibly it is just some sort added decoration. Regardless, it is a Rare variant of this common 'pulvinar' type. A quick scan of turned up 80 specimens with an unadorned chair and only 7 with a semicircular 'frame'.

Well centred and good metal.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Titus
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Date added:Feb 01, 2018
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Mat  [Feb 01, 2018 at 03:28 AM]
Thats cool
Jay GT4  [Feb 01, 2018 at 11:20 AM]
Very nice David, mine also has the backing
quadrans  [Feb 09, 2018 at 04:05 AM]
Interesting piece..