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Titus as Caesar RIC 529A
AR Denarius, 3.48g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: SALVS AVG; Salus std., l., with patera
RIC 529A (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection. Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger, Auction 404, 2 November 2011, lot 2570.

This Titus as Caesar denarius with the Salus reverse type coupled with the obverse legend on the present coin is unlisted in all the major references, including the new RIC II. The coin comes from a series minted in 73 AD in which the Salus type was known for Vespasian but not for Titus until this present denarius surfaced. Ian Carradice has given this new type the number 529A (under Vespasian) in the RIC II Addenda. Also, this coin is an obverse die match for the RIC V531 plate coin.

What to my eyes makes this COTD worthy is not the rarity but the bold portrait which was described by the eminent Flavian collector Harry Sneh as 'striking'. I tend to agree. The reverse is weakly struck (worn die?) but well centered.

Struck on a huge flan and weighing 3.48g. This coin is a true beauty in hand.
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Steve E  [Dec 06, 2011 at 11:13 PM]
I agree, a very striking, expressive portrait! Nice contrast on obv. as well!
maridvnvm  [Dec 07, 2011 at 06:49 AM]
A fantastic coin.
FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 07, 2011 at 10:39 AM]
I love it!
Randygeki(h2)  [Dec 08, 2011 at 07:35 AM]
Very nice!
Noah  [Dec 09, 2011 at 11:13 PM]
sensational portrait on a fetching coin!