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Titus as Caesar RIC-1273
∆ As, 10.61g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
RIC 1273 (C3). BMC 868. BNC 877.
Acquired from eBay, November 2019.

The Lyon mint struck a fairly substantial issue of bronze coinage for the Western provinces late in Vespasian's reign, presumably to rectify a shortage in the region. One of the most popular types struck during the issue was Spes, the goddess of hope. Here she represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising her skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess.

Fine style with hints of rainbow toning.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Nov 14, 2019 at 11:12 AM]
Nice example!
Mat  [Nov 14, 2019 at 03:17 PM]
Nice find, David
quadrans  [Nov 30, 2019 at 09:10 AM]
Nice 👍