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Titus RIC-124A
AR Denarius, 3.20g
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; Seat, draped; above, triangular frame with five palmettes, lituus within triangle
RIC 124A (R3). BMC 61. RSC 313a. BNC 49.
Acquired from eBay, May 2017.

A rare variant of the common seat with triangular frame 'pulvinar' type showing a lituus within the triangle. The upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda notes that some specimens of the 3 and 9 palmettes variants show a lituus - with this coin we can now see the 5 palmettes variant does as well.

*Update - This type with lituus has been assigned its own unique RIC number - 124A.*

This denarius was struck possibly to commemorate the religious ceremonies connected to the opening games of the Colosseum.

Despite the wear, a good, solid denarius.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [May 19, 2017 at 06:28 AM]
Excellent eye
Vincent  [May 19, 2017 at 01:30 PM]
Very attractive coin...the little wear makes it even better and interesting background
Jay GT4  [May 19, 2017 at 08:28 PM]
Nice catch!
Jim H  [Jul 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM]
Fascinating!!! Has this been found in any of Domitian's coins, I wonder? I agree with FD, excellent eye!
David Atherton  [Jul 23, 2017 at 11:55 AM]
Yes Jim, Domitian's first issue also has a the rare lituus variant.
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