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Titus RIC-237
∆ As, 11.25g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
RIC 237 (C). BMC 216. BNC 220.
Acquired from ANE, November 2019.

Spes was a fairly common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' Suetonious would have us believe this public fraternal affection was a sham and Domitian did everything he could to plot against Titus. The Flavian historian Brian Jones speculates the brother's relationship was one of 'mutual indifference and ignorance' due to their age and personality differences. Regardless, as the numismatic evidence shows, Titus looked upon Domitian as his legitimate heir until his untimely natural death in mid September 81.

Struck with a somewhat worn reverse die, otherwise in good style.
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curtislclay  [Dec 11, 2019 at 10:56 PM]
Really yellow metal, or does the photo mislead?
Jay GT4  [Dec 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM]
Nice! How did I miss this at Sveto's?
David Atherton  [Dec 12, 2019 at 02:51 AM]
Curtis, the photo is a bit off. The metal is more coppery in hand.
FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 12, 2019 at 09:30 AM]
Nice addition.
okidoki  [Dec 12, 2019 at 04:02 PM]
very nice
quadrans  [Dec 13, 2019 at 09:17 PM]
Nice one