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Titus as Caesar RIC-1440A
AR Denarius, 2.69g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI E (sic); Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, EPHE
RIC 1440A. BMC 467 var. RSC 39 var. RPC 843 var. BNC 358 var.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N Sneh Collection, lot 742. Acquired from Ponterio, c. 2003.

This denarius features an engraver's error in the obverse legend. Instead of ending in the normal F the engraver mistakenly engraved an E. It is also an obverse die match to the unique British Museum aureus RIC V1437. A wonderful example of aurei and denarii sharing dies! The coin has been assigned by Carradice as V1440A (obv 2B) in the upcoming RIC II addenda.

Not only is this coin interesting for the engraver's error and die link - it's also in excellent style with an outstanding portrait. Truly a gorgeous coin.


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Mat  [Jan 29, 2013 at 06:56 PM]
Beautiful coin and a wonderful addition to your set.
kc  [Jan 30, 2013 at 04:13 AM]
really outstanding portrait!
ancientdave  [Jan 30, 2013 at 04:40 AM]
Very attractive and interesting coin!
SPQR Coins  [Jan 30, 2013 at 05:15 AM]
Fantastic example!
Lucas H  [Jan 30, 2013 at 02:56 PM]
Stellar. Again, the unique Ephesus portrait.
quadrans  [Jan 31, 2013 at 04:34 AM]
Huhh .. fantastic !!!