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Titus RIC-155
Sestertius, 22.74g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 155 (C). BMC 171. BNC 162.
Acquired from Marti Numismatics, January 2019.

Pax was a fairly common reverse type struck for Titus. This particular Pax with branch and cornucopiae is a carry-over from Vespasian's coinage. Apparently, the propaganda value of peace was quite limitless. Despite the wear, this coin features one of the most magnificent coin portraits of Titus I have come across in either silver or bronze. Truly the work of a master engraver! There is one peculiar thing I have noticed about Titus' bronze coinage, the left facing portraits tend to be in a finer style than the right facing ones. Perhaps a talented engraver at the mint preferred his portraits facing left?

Worn, but in exceptionally fine style with an appealing dark patina.
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Randygeki(h2)  [Jan 22, 2019 at 05:19 AM]
Cool addition
Nemonater  [Jan 22, 2019 at 10:58 AM]
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jan 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM]
Solid example of the type.
Jay GT4  [Jan 22, 2019 at 08:20 PM]
Plump portrait. He looks like Vespasian even more than usual
quadrans  [Jan 22, 2019 at 09:25 PM]
Nice one
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