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Titus RIC-116
AR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 80 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Elephant, stg. l.
RIC 116 (C). BMC 47. RSC 304. BNC 41.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Not a particularly rare type...but not very common either with portrait left. I believe these were minted near a ratio of 1:10 compared to the right facing type.

Elephants were featured in those first games and Martial in his book On the Spectacles actually mentions an elephant, who after dispatching a bull in the arena, knelt before the emperor! Perhaps a neat trick the trainer had taught it.

A really nice portrait with a fantastic elephant on the reverse.
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Titus Pullo  [Oct 13, 2009 at 02:26 AM]
As always an impressive coin! I love the elephant
kc  [Oct 13, 2009 at 05:59 AM]
nice coin! i wonder why elephant's body is checkered
David Atherton  [Oct 13, 2009 at 11:27 AM]
The checkered pattern is supposed to represent body armour or platting. The poor creatures were expected to fight in the arena.
randy h2  [Oct 13, 2009 at 09:25 PM]
Thats a cool coin, was it the species of elephant that went extinct?
David Atherton  [Oct 14, 2009 at 03:14 AM]
Yes, it might possibly be the North African forest elephant.
Tibsi  [Jan 26, 2010 at 07:49 AM]
Great!
Bud Stewart  [Jan 28, 2010 at 07:24 PM]
Nice specimen David. Coins like this are the reason Im getting excited about Roman Silver Coins. Thanks for sharing.
Soxfan  [Feb 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM]
great coin!
Antonivs Protti  [Feb 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM]
Wonderful coin! I wonder if this extint species of elefant really had skinny legs like that. That might be one of the reasons why it went extint.
Lloyd T  [Sep 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM]
Exceptional example.