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Titus as Caesar RIC 870
AR Denarius, 3.29g
Rome mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle head r. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
RIC 870 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

What makes this example rare is the eagle facing right instead of the much more common left. This coin's reverse is a die match for the RIC plate coin. As a side note, although most descriptions of this type describe a "thunderbolt" in the eagle's claws, I'm hard pressed to see one here. So, a variant missing the thunderbolt.

I had a rough go of it locating this type. A decent example with a pleasing portrait.
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Randygeki(h2)  [Apr 24, 2011 at 05:42 PM]
cool addition
rexesq  [Apr 25, 2011 at 02:11 PM]
Very nice! I have wanted a Flavian with this reverse for some time.