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Titus as Caesar RIC-1255 [Vespasian]
Dupondius, 11.37g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C in field; Fides stg. l., with patera and cornucopiae
RIC 1255 (R3). BMC -. BNC -.
Acquired from CGB.fr, September 2020.

Possibly a second known example of the rare Fides dupondius type for Titus Caesar at Lyon (Lugdunum) - although Giard cites one specimen and Cohen cites another, so perhaps mine is actually the third known despite the R3 rating in RIC. Fides was struck far more commonly for Vespasian at this mint, leading Curtis Clay to conclude this type for Titus Caesar may very well be a mule using a reverse intended for Vespasian. FIDES PVBLICA, the good faith of the state, was a common personification on the coinage. The figure on the reverse is likely based on a cult statue of the goddess whose annual sacrifice occurred on 1 October. Important documents of state and treaties were stored in her temple for safe keeping. The laureate portrait seen here is standard for Titus's dupondii at Lugdunum. Of note, Titus's censorship is given prominent billing in the obverse legend.

Stellar Lugdunese style.

**Special thanks to Curtis Clay for Addenda and Corrections**
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Anaximander  [Sep 30, 2020 at 03:24 PM]
Impressive. Nice timing, Oct. 1st being tomorrow and everything
FlaviusDomitianus  [Sep 30, 2020 at 07:17 PM]
Hawkeye!
Jay GT4  [Oct 07, 2020 at 05:39 PM]
Excellent!
okidoki  [Oct 07, 2020 at 07:20 PM]
Congrats very nice
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