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Titus RIC-515
AR Cistophorus, 10.64g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CAPIT across field, RESTIT in exergue; Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minverva
RIC 515 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1948. RSC -. RPC 860 (3 spec.). BNC 111.
Acquired from Calgary Coin, 30 November 2015. Ex MS collection. Ex Harlan J. Berk 124, 3 January 2002, lot 448.

In 80 AD while Titus was away in Campania surveying the damage Vesuvius had caused in the region the previous Fall, a devastating fire broke out in Rome, damaging much of the city center. One of the most important buildings affected by the fire was the Temple of Capitoline Jupiter, rebuilt recently by Vespasian. The temple being the most sacred and important building in Rome, Titus began rebuilding it immediately. Construction was still ongoing when Titus died of natural causes in September of 81. A cistophorus commemorating the rebuilding of the structure was struck for Domitian but it was not until 1948 with the discovery of this reverse type for Titus when the BM acquired a specimen was the type known to be minted for Titus. Needless to say it is extremely rare. Since 1948 seven other examples have surfaced, four of which are in public collections. A.M. Woodward speculates the type for Domitian is actually a hybrid struck from carry-over dies intended for Titus. This cistophorus was minted in Rome for export to Asia Minor. The style and die axis are similar to the denarii from Rome during the same period, firmly placing it to that mint. This coin is an obverse die match with Gemini IX, lot 458.

A wonderful 'chunky' coin in hand in good style.
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mix_val  [Dec 07, 2015 at 12:43 PM]
Love these "chunky" silver coins!
Molinari  [Dec 07, 2015 at 01:07 PM]
Great coin that will only improve with toning!
Mat  [Dec 07, 2015 at 02:05 PM]
What a beauty, big portrait but the reverse, wow! Awesome
FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 07, 2015 at 06:09 PM]
It would make a nice pair with my Domitian
quadrans  [Dec 07, 2015 at 07:11 PM]
Nice Cistophorus..
Nemonater  [Dec 07, 2015 at 08:03 PM]
Large, extremely rare and important! How can you beat that?
Jay GT4  [Dec 07, 2015 at 08:50 PM]
Oh yeah! That's what I'm talking about!
ickster  [Dec 08, 2015 at 02:18 AM]
Nice acquisition, and thanks for the informative description.
n.igma  [Dec 08, 2015 at 04:42 AM]
A top notch rarity - great!
Potator II  [Dec 08, 2015 at 10:36 AM]
Most interesting coin, love the reverse.
ancientdave  [Dec 08, 2015 at 08:06 PM]
Wow! What a find, David! Congrats!
Randygeki(h2)  [Dec 13, 2015 at 07:40 PM]
Sweet coin!
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