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Titus as Caesar RIC-1268
∆ As, 9.35g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r.; to l. of tree, arms
RIC 1268 (C2). BMC 862. BNC 872.
Acquired from GB Collection, March 2019.

The importance of the Jewish War to the Flavian dynasty cannot be overestimated. It provided much needed legitimacy for the imperial rule of 'new men'. This common as struck for Titus Caesar nearly eight years after the 'Gotterdammerung' fall of Jerusalem is ample evidence of the dynasty's continued reliance on the propaganda value of 'Judaea Capta'. It would continue to be Titus' calling card even after he became emperor a year or so later. This coin was struck in Lugdunum (Lyon) in a fairly large issue that presumably addressed a shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces.

Good Lugdunese style with a fetching dark patina.
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Jay GT4  [Mar 25, 2019 at 12:55 PM]
Iconic coin of the Flavian dynasty
FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 25, 2019 at 05:00 PM]
Nice addition, congrats!
Nemonater  [Mar 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM]
Really nice!
Vincent  [Mar 26, 2019 at 01:57 PM]
Man, those People must of been a tuff bunch to put down....glad I wasnt born then.