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Titus as Caesar RIC 444
∆ As, 10.20g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C below; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears
RIC 444 (R). BMC 642. BNC 632.
Acquired from Gert Boersema, April 2019.

The clasped hands type had been introduced during Vespasian's great bronze issues of 71. It perhaps symbolises good faith in the corn supply (corn ears), trade (caduceus), and agricultural abundance. From the moment coins were issued in Titus Caesar's name in 72 he shared many of the reverses struck for his father, such as this clasped hands type. It must have contained a very important message for the regime since it was also produced in silver.

A fine early style portrait of the young prince with a dark greenish-grey patina.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Titus
File Size:95 KB
Date added:Apr 30, 2019
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 30, 2019 at 12:24 PM]
Nice example, different dies than mine.
okidoki  [Apr 30, 2019 at 12:37 PM]
very nice
Steve P  [Apr 30, 2019 at 01:10 PM]
Sweet example, David
Jay GT4  [Apr 30, 2019 at 02:54 PM]
Nemonater  [Apr 30, 2019 at 03:48 PM]
Mat  [Apr 30, 2019 at 04:14 PM]
Great addition
quadrans  [Apr 30, 2019 at 07:30 PM]
Great piece ..I like it..