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Titus as Caesar RIC II V0554
Titus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.9mm, 0h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with scepter and branch. RIC II 554 (R), BMC V113, RSC 158. Ex Incitatus/Steve McBride.

This coin is considered a mule for Titus as the reverse title POINTIF MAXIM was reserved for the Emperor. There are two types (V553 with CEN instead of CENS), and both seem to have been minted in fairly large quantities which seems unusual for a mule. This example has a die axis of 0 hours which is also unusual for the Rome mint. The Flavians used previous reverse types, and this was the ubiquitous reverse from Tiberius reign where the reverse figure was interpreted as Liva as Pax. Many mysteries here.
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Jay GT4  [Dec 30, 2015 at 02:06 PM]
Many mysteries indeed!
David Atherton  [Dec 30, 2015 at 06:33 PM]
Unusual that your die axis is 'off'. I'll have to double check my V553 and V554 to see if they have this odd die axis too.
Nemonater  [Jan 01, 2016 at 08:00 PM]
Very interesting, great catch!
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