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Titus as Caesar RIC-1073 [Vespasian]
AR Denarius, 2.46g
Rome Mint, 79 AD
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Quadriga l., with basket of corn-ears
RIC 1073 (C). BMC 256. RSC 336. BNC 226.
Ex CNG E167, 27 June 2007, lot 139. Ex C. G. collection. Ex Stack's, 8 December 1988, lot 2197.

This denarius is not especially rare (rated as Common in RIC) but for some reason I had a somewhat difficult time finding a decent example of the type. Issued in 79 AD, the quadriga with a basket of corn-ears reverse possibly symbolizes the importance of Alexandria as the granary of Rome and echos an early reverse of Augustus (BMCRE II, p. xlii). Also of note, this issue is a break from earlier issues where Titus shared reverse types with Vespasian. This reverse along with the others minted for Titus as Caesar in 79 were not shared with Vespasian.

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Bartosz Awianowicz  [Nov 11, 2008 at 08:05 AM]
Great coin! Common in RIC, for it is in many good museums, in private collections - seldom!
Titus Pullo  [Nov 12, 2008 at 03:03 AM]
The quadriga is awesome! Gives it a real depth
divvsavgvstvs  [Nov 12, 2008 at 11:21 AM]
Lovely toning.
Noah  [Jan 02, 2010 at 11:47 PM]
another outstanding coin...too many to be able to comment on all of them!!
Sam  [Oct 06, 2013 at 09:08 PM]
Extraordinary !
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