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Titus RIC 03
AR Denarius, 3.16g
Rome mint, 24 June - July 1, 79 AD
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and sceptre
RIC 3 (R). BMC 105. RSC 31a. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This denarius of Titus was minted in the first week (or perhaps a bit longer) of his reign in June of 79 AD. The reverse type of Ceres standing is a carry-over from Titus as Caesar under Vespasian. Many of the reverse types minted for Titus as Caesar were continued into his reign until the mint adjusted for a new series. The type is not rare under Vespasian, but is extremely rare under Titus as Augustus. RIC gives a rarity rating of 'rare', which to me seems a bit off. I've only seen three of these in trade in 7 years. Perhaps the representation of the type in major collections is overdone?

At any rate, this specimen is a fine example of a very early coin of Titus as Augustus.
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Randygeki(h2)  [Mar 14, 2011 at 09:15 PM]
Jay GT4  [Mar 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM]
You got one!