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Titus RIC-516
AR Cistophorus, 10.55g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand
RIC 516 (R). BMC 149. RSC 398. RPC 861 (4 spec.). BNC -.
Ex CNG E400, 28 June 2017, lot 609.

A small issue of Asian cistophori were struck under Titus in 80 or 81 AD. Style and the six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the likely mint. Two types were coined for Titus - Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus and Aquila between two standards. These are the only coins of Titus that are identifiable as being struck after the fire of 80 since one of the types commemorates the restoration of the Capitoline Temple. The issue continued into Domitian's reign with the same two reverse types. The fact that Titus' cistophori are much rarer than those of Domitian may indicate they were struck near the end of Titus' reign in 81 rather than 80. The aquila between two standards copies similar reverse types from Nero's denarii and the bronze of Galba. The portraits on Titus' cistophori are in the same style as his pulvinaria denarii.

Struck in fine Roman style. Golden toned with hints of a rainbow hue.
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Mat  [Jul 11, 2017 at 08:57 PM]
Very nice!
Jay GT4  [Jul 11, 2017 at 09:19 PM]
ancientdave  [Jul 12, 2017 at 02:15 AM]
A most excellent addition! Such a lovely portrait with such attractive toning!
Canaan  [Jul 12, 2017 at 05:10 AM]
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 12, 2017 at 06:26 AM]
Beautiful addition, congrats!
Randygeki(h2)  [Jul 12, 2017 at 06:36 AM]
Awesome coin
quadrans  [Jul 12, 2017 at 08:01 PM]
Ohh, nice addition
*Alex  [Jul 14, 2017 at 09:35 AM]
Great coin David.
ickster  [Jul 19, 2017 at 03:56 AM]
Nice toning on a great example. Congrats!
Nemonater  [Jul 25, 2017 at 11:12 PM]
Ohhhhhhhh, Super Nice!
maridvnvm  [Jul 28, 2017 at 08:10 AM]
Really great coin.
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