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Titus as Caesar RIC 985 [Vespasian]
AR Denarius, 3.53g
Rome Mint, July 77 AD - December 78 AD
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIII in exergue; Goatherd std. l., milking goat l.
RIC 985 (R). BMC 230. RSC 103. BNC 204.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This type had been one of my 'dream coins' since I started collecting Flavian denarii. A very tough coin to find and one I couldn't resist. Puzzling enough, it is listed as R by the RIC, as is the more common Vespasian version of the goatherd type. I think the Titus is a bit rarer.

It is quite obvious that this reverse is part of an agrarian propaganda series. Unlike the goat referring to Jupiter as seen on a denarius of Domitian as Caesar (RIC 267 (Titus), this type has rustic overtones.

I love this reverse, well centered and fairly clear. Unfortunately, I only have the old dealer's pic.
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Potator II  [Jan 20, 2009 at 04:50 AM]
Very interesting reverse.
Noah  [Jun 07, 2011 at 11:50 PM]
yes, a pastoral scene is hardly glamorous...I love it!
Legatus  [Sep 05, 2011 at 01:07 AM]
Great coin
yavor8310  [Dec 09, 2011 at 03:10 AM]
Beautiful Bravo
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM]
great coin
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