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Titus as Caesar RIC V366332 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V366 (C), BMC V80, RSC 121
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Titus, bearded, laureate, r.
Rev: NEP RED; Neptune stg l., r. foot on globe, with acrostolium and sceptre.
aVF

A reverse type that commemorates Titus' return to Rome after his completion of the Jewish War. Neptune, the god of waters, would be an appropriate deity to give thanks to after a safe sea voyage.

This coin is rated as common in RIC, but it's not one you find very often.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V36976 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V369 (R2), BMC V85, RSC 392var
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Head of Titus, bearded, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend. Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped, veiled, seated r. under palm-tree, in attitude of dejection, knees drawn up, head resting on l. hand, l. arm propped on knee; behind palm, prince in military dress, standing r., r. foot on helmet, holding vertical spear in r. hand and parazonium in l.
aVF/F

The type was issued to commemorate the end of the Jewish War of 66-70 AD. Both Titus and Vespasian minted this same reverse in Antioch and Rome. Here we have the much scarcer Rome mint example issued by Titus, it is more commonly seen as an aureus.

A pleasing portrait with, sadly, a well worn reverse. The scarcity of the coin makes up for the state of preservation.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V37184 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 72-73AD
RIC V371 (R2), BMC p.15, RSC 394
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: No Legend; Titus stg. r. with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
F

Part of an issue that celebrates the Jewish War victory showing Titus in a Triumphal quadriga, much as he would've appeared during the joint Triumph he held with his father Vespasian in 71 AD. The type was issued both in Rome and more commonly in Antioch.

I have looked for this Rome mint issue of the type for many years and had no luck. Recently a friend of mine who collects the same denarii as I do, offered this example to me. Naturally, I couldn't resist. The coin is worn but most of the major devices are intact and the portrait is a wonderful example of the young Prince.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V51736 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V517 (R), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CEN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: SALVS AVG; Salus std. l., with patera
aVF

An early denarius of Titus as Caesar minted in 76 AD which is quite rare. Titus shared the Salus type with Vespasian who minted it in much larger quantities. This was the norm, the two often shared reverse types to clearly demonstrate that Titus was indeed Vespasian's successor, although the types are much rarer for Titus, as is this case with the present coin. Why Salus was chosen for a type in 73 remains a mystery; perhaps a reference to the emperor recovering from an illness or for escaping an assassination plot.

RIC only sites the Hunterian Museum, which is odd considering it is given a 'rare' rating. I've only seen this one in trade. IMHO it is just as rare as the RIC V518 salus (CENS) I have which is rated R2.

A humble portrait with fairly clear legends on a nicely toned flan.
3 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V51851 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V518 (R2), BMC - .RSC -
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: SALVS AVG; Salus std. l., with patera
aVF

The coin was minted in 73 AD when Titus shared the censorship with Vespasian, as evidenced by the CENS in the obverse legend. The reverse features Salus, which might be an allusion to the emperor Vespasian's health. The reverse type is rare for Titus and extremely rare with the obverse legend ending in CENS. Unlisted in the major catalogs until the new Flavian RIC II was published, it sites 2 examples - one in Vienna, the other part of the Walter Holt collection.

A decent coin in good metal featuring an excellent early portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V52875 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 73 AD
RIC V528 (R), BMC V91a, RSC 87b
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn-ears.
VF

This Fides type was issued under Vespasian in 73 AD and possibly is a reference to the grain supply. A very rare coin, this type is one I have not seen in trade. The seller told me he has only seen two for sale...the one he sold me and his own example. The RIC plate coin would be a third we both know of. The BMCRE cites a specimen from the March 6, 1925 Recamier sale (p. 17).

A large flan and classic portrait makes for a coin with excellent eye appeal.
2 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V528A43 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V528A, BMC - , RSC -
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: NEP RED; Neptune stg. l., r. foot on globe, with acrostolium and sceptre
aEF/aVF

An unpublished Neptune type with CENS in the obverse legend. The coin will be 528A (under Vespasian) in the RIC II Addenda. It fits nicely alongside my unpublished V529A Salus from the same series. I think there are still a few other unknown types that will surface for this series - this Neptune reverse for the corresponding Vespasian issue is one that so far is awaiting discovery.

A beautiful denarius in hand with an amazing early portrait. The other two denarii I have from this series also have exemplary portraits. An issue style wise to take note of then.
3 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V529A92 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V529A (R3), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: SALVS AVG; Salus std., l., with patera
VF+/VF

This Titus as Caesar denarius with the Salus reverse type coupled with the obverse legend on the present coin is unlisted in all the major references, including the new RIC II. The coin comes from a series minted in 73 AD in which the Salus type was known for Vespasian but not for Titus until this present denarius surfaced. Ian Carradice has given this new type the number 529A (under Vespasian) in the RIC II Addenda. Also, this coin is an obverse die match for the RIC V531 plate coin.

What to my eyes makes this COTD is not the rarity but the bold portrait which was described by the Flavian collector who sold it to me as "striking". I tend to agree. The reverse is weakly struck (worn die?) but well centered.

Struck on a huge flan and weighing 3.48 g. This coin is a true beauty in hand.
5 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V53550 viewsAR Quinarius (Half Denarius)
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V535 (R), BMC V92, RSC 374
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP P TR P CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm
15mm, 1.60 gm
VF

This fairly rare Titus as Caesar quinarius from 73 AD is my first quinarius, so I was quite thrilled to receive it.

Not only is the coin rare, but it has an interesting provenance. It came with a tag from the 19th century William C. Boyd (1840-1906) collection. As the tag indicates, he purchased the coin from W.S. Lincoln of Oxford St. in London. Roman history combined with a Victorian era numismatic souvenir, what more can you ask for?

In regards to the denomination itself, I'm not quite sure why quinarii were minted in the imperial era. Were they minted to make up required sums for imperial donatives as A Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins states, or were they minted as presentation pieces to be given away at special occasions?
1 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V55339 viewsAR, denarius
Rome mint, 73 AD
RIC V553 (R), BMC V112, RSC 158
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CEN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM; Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with sceptre and branch
VF

This denarius of Titus as Caesar is quite interesting because of the reverse legend, PONTIF MAXIM, obviously inappropriate for Titus in 73 AD! However this mule was minted in such quantities as to be assigned it's own catalog number in the major references. The type was also issued with obverse legend ending in CENS.

The portrait is very pleasing as well.
1 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V55447 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 73 AD
RIC V554 (R), BMC V113, RSC 158
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM; Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with sceptre and branch
VF

This rare denarius of 73 AD issued by Titus as Caesar, is a mule featuring a reverse intended for Vespasian. The reverse legend PONTIF MAXIM is the title of the chief priest, a position held only by the emperor.

A coin featuring a sturdy portrait of the young prince with his father as supreme priest on the reverse, a perfect mule.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V69054 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC V690 (R2), BMC p. 28 note, RSC 47
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS III across field; Laurel trees, two upright
VF

A rare denarius which is somewhat rare for Vespasian and extremely rare for Titus. The reverse is a restoration of of a similar type minted by Augustus. The two laurel trees represent the two planted at Augustus' door.
2 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V69232 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 74 AD
RIC V692 (R), BMC -, RSC 161a
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP; Head of Titus, bearded, laureate, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III; Titus std. r. on curule chair, with sceptre and branch
aVF

This reverse type was shared with Vespasian. Note the reverse legend is PONTIF lacking MAXIM, which was reserved for the emperor alone; however, a hybrid of the type is known (see my RIC V554).

A snarling Titus is shown here. Good metal.

David Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V69319 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC V693 (R), BMC V152, RSC 159
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III; Caduceus, winged
F

Worn but decent example of a rare early denarius of Titus. The major devices are clear and the portrait isn't too shabby. Better in hand of course.
David Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V69444 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 74 AD
RIC V694 (R2), BMC p 29 *, RSC 167
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR POT; Winged caduceus, upright.
VF

A reverse that copies one of Vespasian. The caduceus symbolizes commercial prosperity and may be associated with the censorship. (BMCRE p xxxvii)

Not in the BM's collection, but noted in the catalog. Both the RIC and RSC list it however. Not a common coin, not a very rare one either. Good metal, wonderful early portrait, and in good condition (Titus' beard is visible).
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Titus as Caesar RIC V70529 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 74 AD
RIC V705 (R), BMC V150, RSC 161
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III; Titus std. r. on curule chair, with sceptre and branch
aVF

This reverse echos the Tribute Penny reverse of Tiberius. A fairly difficult coin to locate, rated rare by the RIC.

Not in the best of conditions, but I like the portrait and it is well-centered.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V70662 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 74 AD
RIC V706 (R), BMC V151, RSC 160
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III; Caduceus, winged.
aEF

A rare type that took a bit of patience for me to find. This specimen is cut in a fine style with a lot of the detail surviving the intervening 2000 years...even the beard can clearly be seen.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V78345 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 75 AD
RIC V783 (C2), BMC V172, RSC 162
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS IIII; Pax std. l., with branch.
VF

Part of the great issue of denarii in 75 AD, this type for both Vespasian and Titus was minted in very large quantities. Presumably this reverse is a nod to the Temple of Peace which was completed in the same year. A fairly common denarius.

Good, strong portrait on this one.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V78439 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 75 AD
RIC V784 (R2), BMC -, RSC -
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PONTIF TR P COS IIII; Securitas std.. l., head resting on raised arm
Ex. "Lynn" Collection
aVF

This type is sometimes mistaken for Pax, which was a contemporary reverse. As a matter of fact, in my copy of RSC II the Pax reverse (162) actually has a photograph of the Securitas reverse above it! The two can be distinguished by Securitas' raised right arm.

This reverse is unlisted in both BMCRE and RSC. The first listing I found of the type is in the new RIC II.

As an added bonus the portrait is an above normal effort. Kudos to the die-engraver!
1 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V85850 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC V858 (R), BMC V186, RSC 52
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V (high in field); bull stg. r.
F+

This denarius of Titus as Caesar from 76 AD obviously shows a bull (even those with a passing knowledge of farm animal anatomy can tell the difference) and not a cow, but the question is why was this type minted with both sexes portrayed, sometimes ambiguously?

The BMCRE proffers this type is a reference to the famous heifer statue by Myron and that the coin commemorates the placing of it in Vespasian's new Temple of Peace. If this is so, why do some of the types show a bull?

Perhaps the type is nothing more than an agricultural reference like so many of the other denarii the Flavians issued in the last half of Vespasian's reign.

Decent coin with good metal and a well rendered bull on the reverse.
David Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V86039 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC V860 (R2), BMC V191 var., RSC 59 var.
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle stg. front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head r.
VF

A rare variant of a fairly common type. The eagle's head is facing right instead of the more common left, perhaps a whim of the die engraver.
David Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V86154 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC V861 (C), BMC V191, RSC 59
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle stg. front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head l.
VF

Although the type is described in RIC as Eagle with thunderbolt in claws, I see no thunderbolt on this specimen. The altar seems to be less decorated than on other examples as well.

Good portrait and decent reverse.
1 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V86376 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 76 AD
RIC V863 (R2), BMC V305 var., RSC 106 var.
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS; Jupiter stg. facing, with patera over altar and sceptre.
aVF

Rated R2 by the RIC and unlisted previously, this was a most difficult coin for me to find.

Here is Curtis Clay's text from HJB's 159th buy or bid sale, which I cannot improve upon:

"A rare variant of the obverse legend for this reverse type, only recently published, allowing us to date the type's introduction precisely to 76 AD. In the course of that year, the obverse legend on Titus' gold and silver coins was expanded from T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN to the same with VESPASIANVS, and the new form lasted until his accession as Augustus in 79. Titus' IOVIS CVSTOS reverse type was previously recorded only with obverse VESPASIANVS, so datable 76-79 AD; but RIC-863 and our coin with obverse VESPASIAN suggest that the type was introduced precisely in the year of the legend change, 76. RIC-863 cites two specimens of this denarius, in Berlin and in a private collection; we have seen a couple of others in trade or private collections over the past few years."

It's not everyday you come across a variant which can pin down the dating of a well known type! Not only is the coin rare, but the portrait on this example, in my opinion, is quite exceptional.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V87031 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC V870 (R2), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle stg. front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head r.
F+

What makes this example rare is the eagle facing right instead of the much more common left. This coin's reverse is a die match for the RIC plate coin. As a side note, although most descriptions of this type describe a "thunderbolt" in the eagle's claws, I'm hard pressed to see one here.

I had a rough go of it locating this type. A decent example with a pleasing portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V87291 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 76 AD
RIC V872 (C), BMC V192, RSC 60
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle stg. front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head l.
VF+

I'm not quite certain what the meaning is behind the reverse (Vespasian also issued the type). The BMCRE hints that it might be a reference to the death of Mucianus which occurred around 76 AD. Mucianus was the governor of Syria who helped Vespasian rise to the purple. The interpretation here would be the eagle as a symbol of the after-life.
I've always had my doubts about Mattingly's reading of this reverse type.
the eagle when depicted on a funeral pyre or altar would represent an apotheosis type. Here there is no such pyre or altar. The eagle sits upon a garlanded base, clutching a thunderbolt (on my example not well rendered), with no legend referring to the eagle specifically. The following are the three main symbolic meanings of the eagle in the Roman world: as an attribute of Jupiter, a symbol of the Roman legions, a funerary type. In the case of the above coin, my guess would be the eagle is in the guise of Jupiter since a thunderbolt is clutched.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V87354 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 76 AD
RIC V873 (R2), BMC p. 36 note, RSC 60
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle, stg. front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head r.
VF

A very rare (R2) left facing example of the type.

Both obverse and reverse are off-center, but both major designs are intact and it's a better example than the RIC plate coin. This portrait seems to portray an angry looking Titus, a not so usual occurrence!
1 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V87455 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 75-79 AD
RIC V874 (C), BMC V305, RSC 106
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS; Jupiter, bearded, naked, standing facing, sacrificing out of patera in r. hand over low garlanded altar and holding long vertical sceptre in l.
VF

A coin type, which was also issued by Vespasian, symbolizes the Emperor's safety after a plot. Helvidius Priscus' execution around this time comes to mind.

While the flan may be a bit ragged and the legends not full, the portrait is wonderful and it caught my eye.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V94845 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC V948 (C), BMC V221, RSC 65
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VI; Mars stg. l., with spear and trophy.
VF

Another reverse of Titus' which copies a Vespasian reverse. Both father and son shared the same types, one would think it was to strengthen the fact that Titus was the joint ruler and heir. Domitian on the other hand never shared the same types as Vespasian or Titus, highlighting his junior status.

An excellent denarius with a good portrait. Nice metal too.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V94925 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC V949 (C), BMC V222, RSC 66
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VI; Mars stg. l., with spear and trophy; and to r., corn ear
F

Yet another reverse that is shared with Vespasian. Although the type with Mars and corn ear is listed in RIC as "common", this is the first example I've seen in trade. The condition is not the greatest but beggars can't be choosers. Needless to say the thrill of receiving this denarius far outweighs the eye appeal!
2 commentsDavid Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC V95094 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC V950 (R), BMC V226, RSC 68
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VI; Prow r.; above eight pointed star
VF

This rare star and prow reverse is shared with Vespasian (not a very common one for him as well!) and is a copy of one issued by Marc Antony. Vespasian copied many types from the past, this is perhaps an odd choice for a reverse considering Antony was an enemy of Octavian. Why this particular type was chosen remains a mystery to me.

The BMC states the star and prow symbolizes the victorious admiral.

This denarius is rated R by the RIC, but as far as it's availability in the market place I would rate it R2! This was a most vexing coin for me to locate, again a friend who shares a common collecting niche as I came to the rescue and offered this one to me.

Quite a nice find. Not only a rare type, but also the portrait is wonderful, imho.

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Titus as Caesar RIC V95168 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC V951 (R), BMC V225, RSC 67
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VI in exergue; Two oxen, yoked, l.
VF+

This reverse type was shared both by Vespasian and Titus (as most precious metal types were) and is part of the agrarian themed denarii issued around the time. Like many denarii of the period the type is a copy of an earlier Republican one. Rated rare by the RIC.

I quite like the style of this one.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V97243 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 78-79 AD
RIC V972 (C), BMC V319, RSC 17
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona, draped, seated l. on throne, adorned with corn-ears, feet on stool, holding on her lap a sack of corn-ears open, the ties, looped at one end, in her hands.
VF

A reverse type that forms part of a new agrarian policy announcement. Both Vespasian and Titus issued many reverses during this era that seems to have promoted the new programme.

I like the portrait on this coin, which is why it has found a place in my collection. The toning is very pleasant in hand also.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V97442 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 78-79 AD
RIC V974 (R), BMC V321, RSC 31
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; Ceres, draped to feet, standing l., holding poppy and two corn-ears in extended r. hand and long vertical sceptre in l.
VF+/VF

Titus' reverses on his denarii closely mirror those of his father Vespasian. This Ceres reverse was briefly continued into Titus' reign and thus may be dated more towards 79, the year of Vespasian's death. The type itself may have been part of an issue which commemorated a new agricultural programme.

A wonderful coin in hand with a few minor scratches on the portrait that do not detract from the coins appeal.
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Titus as Caesar RIC V985113 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, July 77 AD - December 78 AD
RIC V985 (R), BMC V230, RSC 103
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIII in exergue; Goatherd std. l., milking goat l.
VF

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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Titus as Caesar RIC V98672 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC V986 (C), BMC V227, RSC 104
Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIII in ex. Sow l., with three young.
VF

This coin is part of the 'agrarian' issue Vespasian and Titus struck in 77 to 78 AD.

A choice obverse with a slightly off center strike on the reverse, a much better example than is normally found for this type.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V1073100 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC V1073 (C), BMC V256, RSC 336
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Quadriga l., with basket of corn-ears
VF

This denarius is not especially rare (rated as Common in RIC) but for some reason I had a somewhat difficult time finding a decent example of the type. Issued in 79 AD, the quadriga with a basket of corn-ears reverse possibly symbolizes the importance of Alexandria as the granary of Rome and echos an early reverse of Augustus (BMCRE II, p. xlii). Also of note, this issue is a break from earlier issues where Titus shared reverse types with Vespasian. This reverse along with the others minted for Titus as Caesar in 79 were not shared with Vespasian.

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Titus as Caesar RIC-V107438 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC V1074 (R), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Quadriga l., with flower
aF

This type is very rare with the left facing portrait. RIC only lists it as 'rare', although this is the only one I've ever seen in trade. The reverse type was carried over when Titus became Augustus and it too is rare with a left facing portrait.

Condition wise there is a lot to be desired, but the main devices are visible. Not much better looking than the RIC plate coin (Paris), which again indicates to me these are hard to come by.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V107664 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC V1076(C), BMC V258, RSC 334
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Trophy, below, captive kneeling r.
VF

Variously this reverse has been attributed to an Agricola victory in Britain or a 'Judaea Capta' type. It seems more likely to be a 'Judaea Capta' type because Titus does not share the type with Vespasian. One would think a British victory would have been celebrated on both coinages. It seems more likely to be a type that reminds the Roman populace of the young Prince's role in the Jewish War nine years before.

A very decent example of the type with a better than average portrait.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V107856 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC V1078 (C), BMC V255, RSC 332
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
F+

Minted during the first half of 79 AD, this reverse carried over to Titus' issues as Augustus after Vespasian's death in June.

This coin features the classic 'small head' portrait. The style carried over to the early issues of Domitian's reign.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V143660 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
RIC V1436 (R2), BMC V464, RSC 23, RPC 841 (3 spec.)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, r.
Rev: AVG and EPHE in oak wreath
VF

This R2 denarius has the rare occurrence for Flavian silver of IMPERATOR actually spelled out. A very neat thing!

The portrait has an almost Otho-like quality to it, especially the hair. Another variant of the type is bareheaded.

Please forgive the flan crack and the blotchy toning.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V144070 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1440 (R), BMC V467, RSC 39, RPC 843 (4 spec.)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, EPHE
VF

Another great portrait of the young Titus from this artistically pleasing mint. The reverse is one shared with Vespasian.
An obverse and reverse die match to the RIC plate coin, perhaps an indication of its rarity.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V1440A65 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1440A, BMC V467 var., RSC 39 var., RPC 843 var.
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI E (sic); Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, EPHE
aEF

This denarius features an engraver's error in the obverse legend. Instead of ending in the normal F the engraver mistakenly engraved an E. It is also an obverse die match to the unique British Museum aureus RIC V1437. A wonderful example of aurei and denarii sharing dies! The coin has been assigned by Carradice as V1440A (obv 2B) in the upcoming RIC II addenda.

Not only is this coin interesting for the engraver's error and die link - it's also in excellent style with an outstanding portrait. Truly a gorgeous coin.


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Titus as Caesar RIC-V144161 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1441 (R2), BMC p. 98 note, RSC 124, RPC 838 (1 spec.)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower r., EPHE
VF+

A most rare denarius from Ephesus with a bare headed portrait.

The entire series itself is rare, but the bare headed portraits are even scarcer. I'm not sure what the rarity ratio is between the two types....10 to 1? At any rate, this coin is both an obverse and reverse die match with the RIC plate coin.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V144247 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1442 (R), BMC V468, RSC 125, RPC 844 (5 spec.)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower r., EPHE
VF +

The obverse is slightly off center but contains a wonderful portrait.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V144481 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1444 (R2), BMC p. 98 note, RSC 127, RPC 845 (0 spec.)
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; below EPHE
VF

The reverse features a turreted female bust, most likely Tyche with the attributes of a City Goddess. Here she is symbolic of the world peace Vespasian has inaugurated after the recent Civil War and revolts in Judaea and Batavia. The type was also struck for Vespasian and Domitian as Caesar and is one of the more fascinating reverses minted at Ephesus.

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Titus as Caesar RIC-V1444 var.50 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC V1444 var., BMC p. 98 note, RSC 127 var., RPC 845 var.
Obv: IMPERATOR T CAESAR AVGVSTI F; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped femail bust, r., no mint mark
aVF

This coin should have the EPHE mint mark on the lower left of the reverse, however it is clearly not there. This is the second coin from the series I have seen which has no mint mark.

Better in hand than the photo suggests.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V1459 57 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 74 AD
RIC V1459 (R2), BMC plate 17.6, RSC 21, RPC 855 (2 spec.)
Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: AVG and star in oak wreath
VF+

According to the Gemini catalog listing of this coin, one of only 5 known specimens, so very rare indeed. Same dies as the BMC plate coin and same obverse die as my V1460.

Another wonderful portrait from the artistically pleasing Ephesus mint. Titus here exhibits a slight heavenward gaze.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V146051 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus Mint, 74 AD
RIC V1460 (R2), BMC V477, RSC 39a, RPC 856 (2 spec.)
Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, star
aVF

This reverse type (shared with Vespasian), a common issue at Rome and to some degree Ephesus, is rare with the star mint mark. The Eastern denarii are usually done in a fine style and are very distinct from the much more abundant Rome issues. Here we see Titus gazing heavenwards, a trait of this particular series. Another group minted around the same time used annulets as mint marks along with the star. The star alone rates an R2 in RIC.

Perhaps a bit worn with a few stains, but IMHO a handsome example from this very rare series.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V146965 viewsAR Denarius
Ephesus mint, 74 AD
RIC V1469 (R2), BMC V477, RSC - , RPC 856 var.
Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r., annulet at tip of bust
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; below throne, annulet; in exergue, star
aEF

The annulet before the obverse bust is an important distinction, it may signify a new series for Ephesus. For now it is cataloged with Ephesus group 9. The annulet is barely visible in hand.

In wonderful condition with a pleasing style. There seems to be no end to the high quality output from this mint!
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V147070 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus Mint, 74 AD
RIC V1470(C), BMC V479, RSC 123, RPC 857 (3 spec.)
Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE (from high r.); Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower r. star; below, annulet
VF

Even at the mint of Ephesus Titus shared many reverses with Vespasian, this Victory included; 'The Imperial Peace'.

A wonderful, stylish obverse die was employed here making this coin a good example of what Ephesus was capable of. A bit off-center, but it can be forgiven.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V148174 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD
RIC V1481 (R), BMC V485, RSC 61, RPC 1457 (4 spec.)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck off flan
Rev: COS V across field;Eagle stg. facing on garlanded altar, wings open, head r.
VF

Ephesus stopped minting Imperial denarii in 74 AD. Mysteriously, a series of denarii were minted in 76 in Asia Minor with no apparent purpose. The mint is thought to be Ephesus as well. However, previously the mint had excellent quality control...the 76 series lacks all of that and then some! Mules, muddled titles (PON MAX for Titus!), and reverse types mixed between Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. A truly odd series. Most likely minted for local use.

This Titus denarius from the series has no blundered mistakes. A fabulous portrait, different in style from the previous Ephesus series but still artistic, IMHO.

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Titus as Caesar RIC-V148547 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus(?), 76 AD
RIC 1485 (R), BMC p. 102 note, RSC 87, RPC 1459 (2 spec.)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck off flan
Rev: FIDES PVBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears
aF

A rare type minted presumably at Ephesus, though the identity of the mint is not certain. The series is often wrought with mistakes in the form of blundered legends and mules. This denarius happily is correct.

Nice banker's mark on the obverse.

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Titus as Caesar RIC-V148659 viewsAR denarius
Ephesus(?), 76 AD
RIC V1486 (R2), BMC - , RSC - , RPC 1460 (2 spec.)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck off flan
Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V; Winged caduceus
aVF

The small series the coin comes from is quite mysteries. The mint is not known, though Ephesus is a prime suspect, and the reason for the series being minted at all is not known either. The series is full of blundered legends and mules, however, stylistically the coins are very pleasing.

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Titus as Caesar RIC-V156048 viewsAR denarius
Antioch Mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V1560 (R2), BMC V514, RSC 44, RPC 1932 (5 spec.)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP PON TR POT; Bust of Titus, laureate, draped, bearded, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI; Concordia std. l., with patera and cornucopiae.
VF

A rare early type of Titus as Caesar from Antioch copying a reverse of Vespasian. Peace and harmony is the theme on display here.

Aside from the off-center obverse, a decent coin from a mint well known for quality control issues at the time.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V156132 viewsAR denarius
Antioch Mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V1561 (C), BMC V516, RSC 122, RPC 1933 ( 14 spec.)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Bust of Titus, laureate, draped, bearded, r.
Rev: NEP RED; Neptune stg. l., foot on globe, with acrostolium and sceptre
VF+

This denarius of Titus as Caesar minted in Antioch has a lot of problems with it. The odd flan shape, the poor surfaces, and of course the double strike, all conspire to create a very unique and problematic coin! Antioch did not have superb quality control at the time...this coin is a great example of such.

Despite all that, I'm quite taken with it. The portrait is quite lovely and the horribly double struck reverse is oddly interesting.


David Atherton
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V156285 viewsAR denarius
Antioch Mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V1562 (C), BMC V518, RSC 392, RPC 1934 (11 spec.)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Bust of Titus, laureate, draped, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend. Palm tree; to l., Titus stg. r. with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r.
aVF

A Judaea Capta type which copies a reverse from Rome.

Though rated as common in the RIC, it is a fairly difficult reverse type to find. I like the draped busts of this issue.
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Titus as Caesar RIC-V156353 viewsAR denarius
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC V1563 (C), BMC V521, RSC 395, RPC 1935 (10 spec.)
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Bust of Titus, laureate, draped, bearded, r.
Rev: No legend; Titus stg. r. with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
VF

The triumph of Rome over Judaea continues with this reverse; here Titus is depicted in the triumphal quadriga he rode in the celebrations at Rome the year or two before. A relatively common coin that shares the same reverse type with Vespasian.

A bit rough, but nowhere near as bad as the picture indicates. Actually, a very nice coin in hand. It is hard to find these as well centered as this specimen. Shares the same obv. die as BMC 518 and the RIC plate coin for 1563 (Paris).
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Titus RIC 01307 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 24 June-1 July 79 AD
RIC 1 (R), BMC 1, RSC 334a
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII; Male captive kneeling r., hands bound behind back, in front of trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, crossed swords (?), and round shield.
Mint state

This reverse may be commemorating a British victory or another reminder of the Judaean one.
The coin was minted during the first week of Titus' reign, needless to say its a rare type.

Definitely one of my favourite coins in the collection. The condition of the coin alone is enough to take your breath away.
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Titus RIC 0258 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 2 (R2), BMC (specimen acquired 1934), RSC -
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
aVF

The Annona reverse type struck for Titus Caesar is quite common and copies the same reverse struck contemporarily for Vespasian. It was also struck briefly for Titus after becoming emperor on 24 June, 79 AD. The type is very rare for him as Augustus, perhaps minted in the space of a week prior to the TR P VIIII dating on 1 July. Evidently the mint did not have new reverse types prepared for the new princeps and so recycled those struck for him as Caesar during that first week.

This is an extremely rare type for Titus as Augustus and certainly the rarest of the first issue. The new RIC cites three specimens (BM, Vienna, private collection), mine will make the fourth that I know of and it is a die match with the BM specimen.

Better in hand than the photo indicates.
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Titus RIC 0340 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 24 June - July 1, 79 AD
RIC 3 (R), BMC 105, RSC 31a
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and sceptre
F

This denarius of Titus was minted in the first week (or perhaps a bit longer) of his reign in June of 79 AD. The reverse type of Ceres standing is a carry-over from Titus as Caesar under Vespasian. Many of the reverse types minted for Titus as Caesar were continued into his reign until the mint adjusted for a new series. The type is not rare under Vespasian, but is extremely rare under Titus as Augustus. RIC gives a rarity rating of 'rare', which to me seems a bit off. I've only seen three of these in trade in 7 years. Perhaps the representation of the type in major collections is overdone?

At any rate, this specimen is a fine example of a very early coin of Titus as Augustus.
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Titus RIC 0554 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 5, BMC p. 224 note, RSC 280a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Capricorn l.; below, globe
VF

This coin is part of an issue dated after 1 July, 79 AD. Notice the lack of P P in the reverse legend. Rated as common in RIC, I still had a devil of a time acquiring this type!

A bit corroded with some nicks and scratches, which don't detract too much from the over all appeal of the piece. Good portrait too. The photo really doesn't do it justice.
David Atherton
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Titus RIC 0652 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 6 (R2), BMC p. 432, RSC 270a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Ceres std. l., with corn ears and poppy and torch
aVF

Minted in 79 AD after July 1, this is an early denarius, indicated by the absence of P P (Pater Patriae) in the reverse legend.
The Ceres reverse is a carry over type minted by Vespasian in 79 before his death and adopted by Titus after he donned the purple.

A type that is quite rare and hard to come by in trade. A reverse die match with the RIC plate coin.
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Titus RIC 0878 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 8 (R), BMC p. 224 note, RSC 276
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Quadriga l., with corn ears
VF

This denarius of Titus as Augustus was struck very early in his reign. Part of a rare issue, the reverse legend lacks the normal P P (Pater Patriae or 'Father of his country') found on later issues.

The quadriga reverse is a carry-over type from Titus' last series minted under Vespasian.

I really like this portrait, a classic example of what his mint workers were capable of.

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Titus RIC 1021 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 10 (R), BMC p. 224 note, RSC -
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Statue of radiate male figure with spear and parazonium on rostral column
aVF

This type is not particularly rare but with this reverse legend it is. The reverse legend lacks "P P" which indicates this denarius was minted very early in the reign. The lack of "P P" combined with IMP XIIII - dates it to summer, 79 AD. The radiate figure on a column is a copy of a denarius minted by Augustus and was also issued by Vespasian earlier in 79.

The coin itself is well worn but has a strong, artistic portrait.

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Titus RIC 1264 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 12 (R), BMC 5, RSC 274a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Trophy; below, captive kneeling r.
aEF/VF

Minted in 79 AD as Augustus, the captive and trophy type is a carry-over from Titus' last issue as Caesar under Vespasian and is a reminder of his part in defeating the Jews nine years before.

The portrait is one of the more skillfully rendered ones from the series and almost excuses the off-center strike.
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Titus RIC 1541 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 15 (R2), BMC 268 var., RSC 9 var.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, bearded, laureate, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; Venus stg. r., leaning on column with helmet and spear.
VF

Issued after July 1, 79 AD, this coin is part of a rare series of denarii Titus issued in the weeks after he became Augustus. The lack of P P in the reverse legend indicates this is a very early issue and the TR P VIIII in the legend tells us this coin was issued after July 1st, the date when the tribunician was awarded. There were two more issues minted later on in the same year, this coin most likely dates to July/August of 79 AD.

There seems to have been a very smooth transition of power to Titus after Vespasian's death, perhaps a reflection of the fact that Titus was co-emperor under his father all but in name. None of the coin types celebrate the new Augustus, as a matter of fact the reverse types of 79 were mainly a continuation of those last issues minted under Vespasian.
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Titus RIC 19109 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 19 (C), BMC 22, RSC 280
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Capricorn l. : below, globe.
VF+

A reverse type that copies one from Augustus. Vespasian also used this type. The BMCRE conjectures that Capricorn may have been Titus' natal sign, but it seems more likely that this was just a restoration type.

A very beautiful coin in hand that suffers only from some flatness on the portrait, evidenced around the ear.
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Titus RIC 2050 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD, after July 1st
RIC 20 (R2), BMC pg. 227 note, RSC 282
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Capricorn l.; below, globe
VF+

Much rarer than the right facing portrait.

Though considered by the ancient writers as "the darling of the world", Titus is scowling in this portrait.

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Titus RIC 2255 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 22 (C), BMC 7, RSC 270
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Ceres, draped, seated l., holding corn-ear and poppy in extended r. hand and torch upright in l.
VF

A reverse that is a continuation from Vespasian's coinage. I imagine it took the the die-engravers a few months to design new reverses for Titus.

A solid coin with a lovely portrait.
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Titus RIC 2567 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 25 (C), BMC 18, RSC 278
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Slow quadriga l., with round basket-like car, garlanded, in which are three corn ears.
F+

A carry over reverse from Vespasian's last month and was one of the first types issued by Titus as Augustus. The BMCRE states that this reverse is borrowed from the coinage of L. Aquillius and M. Durmius, monyers under Augustus. It depicts the procession of the calathus of Ceres.

Not the best example of this type by a long shot, but a nice well centered denarius that has been through many Roman hands. I quite like it.
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Titus RIC 2638 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 26 (R2), BMC p. 432, RSC 278a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Quadriga l., with corn ears
aVF

This is the only instance of obverse portrait left for the type Titus issued as Augustus.
Not a spectacular coin condition wise, but very rare. A decent bull-necked portrait combined with one of my favorite reverses.

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Titus RIC 2833 viewsAR Denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 28 (C), BMC 13, RSC 272
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Statue of radiate male figure with spear and parazonium on rostral column
F+

The reverse is a carry-over type from Vespasian's last issue before his death. A decent, well centered example of this common type.
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Titus RIC 3044 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 30 (C), BMC 15, RSC 274
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Trophy, below captive kneeling r.
VF

A 'Capta' type that may alternately be a Judaea or Britannia type. Mattingly in the BMCRE (BMC 2.xli) interprets these types of Titus as Augustus as referring to Britannia and Agricola's campaigns in Northern England and Scotland. Jane M. Cody in the book 'Flavian Rome' (pg. 111) agrees with Mattingly, citing the differences in shield and trophy designs with the standard Judaea Capta types. Confusingly, Mattingly states that this type issued for Titus as Caesar under Vespasian refers to Judaea while Cody believes both issues were minted for victories in Britain because of identical composition and detail.

Personally I think it commemorates the victories in Britain. It would be odd if the Flavian expansion going on in that province was not celebrated on the coinage.

A nice example with a slightly off-center obverse, but featuring a very pleasing portrait.
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Titus RIC 3498 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 34 (C2), BMC 9, RSC 268
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, Laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P; Venus, seen half from behind, naked except for drapery round hips, standing r., resting l. elbow on column, holding helmet in extended r. hand and transverse spear in l.: shield rests against column.
VF

Again, not a reverse you come across often. A nice VF with a well centered reverse and an almost complete beaded boarder.
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Titus RIC 3766 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 37 (R), BMC 35, RSC 294
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Capricorn l., below, globe
aVF

This denarius is part of the 3rd issue minted by Titus in 79 after September when he was awarded IMP XV. This same type was reportedly found in the ruins of Pompeii casting doubt on the traditional dating of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius to August. The same reverse type was minted by Vespasian just before his death and is itself a copy of a type minted by Augustus. Denarii from the 3rd issue seem to be rarer than those of the 2nd issue.

Reasonably centered in good metal with a typical "bull necked" portrait of Titus. Both an obverse and reverse die match to the RIC plate coin.
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Titus RIC 3844 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 38 (R2), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Capricorn l., below, globe
VF

A very rare left facing example of this type from one of Titus' rarer issues minted in the fall of 79 AD. According to BMCRE II and Cohen, London and Paris do not have the type.

Deeply toned with a thick patina and nice portrait.
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Titus RIC 4040 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 40 (C), BMC 23, RSC 287
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Ceres std. l., with corn ears and poppy and torch
VF

The common seated Ceres reverse from the third issue of 79. Coins from this issue are somewhat rarer than those from the previous two.

A solid example of the type, struck in good metal and decent style.
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Titus RIC 4150 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 41 (R2), BMC p. 227 note, RSC 287a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Ceres std. l., with corn ears and poppy and torch
VF

This is a rare portrait left of this IMP XV Ceres reverse type. It is foot noted in BMCRE and only one specimen is cited in RIC from Belgrade (not pictured in plates).

All the coins from this series are a bit rarer than other series minted by Titus, and those with left facing portraits are even scarcer! A good coin in decent metal and style.
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Titus RIC 4368 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 43 (R), BMC 34, RSC 293
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Quadriga l., with corn ears
VF+

The reverse type of a quadriga with corn ears is itself not rare, the type was minted for Titus both as Caesar and Augustus, but it is rare with IMP XV. The denarii of this series seems to have been minted in much smaller quantities than the previous issues with IMP XIIII. I was only able to acquire this one from a private collector. Sharp and with a good portrait.
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Titus RIC 4676 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 46 (C), BMC 29, RSC 289
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Rostral column, ornamented at sides with beaks of ships and surmounted by a statue, radiate, naked except for cloak, standing front, holding vertical spear in r. hand and parazonium at side in l.
VF

A reverse type that copies one of Augustus and Perhaps celebrates the naval victory Titus and Vespasian won on the Sea of Galilee during the Jewish War. The BMCRE suggests it possibly could be the colossus, erected near the Colosseum, with the features of Nero or Titus. This is a continuation of a type Vespasian issued.

A most difficult reverse for me to find. I looked for one in reasonable condition for a couple of years. I'm glad I waited, this one is wonderful in hand.
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Titus RIC 4946 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 49 (C), BMC 31, RSC 295
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Trophy; below, captive kneeling r.
aVF

Common and fairly worn, but nicely centered and in good metal. Dated to the last half of 79.
David Atherton
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Titus RIC 5061 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 79 AD
RIC 50 (R2), BMC 32, RSC 297
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Trophy; below, captive kneeling r.
aVF

Titus minted quite a flurry of coins after his father Vespasian's death in June of 79 AD. Many are quite common and are a continuation of themes and types issued under Vespasian. The left facing portraits from this series are much scarcer than right facing.

A Judaea Capta type (or perhaps a reference to a British victory?), this left facing portrait of the type is rated R2 by RIC. Normally the left facing types were issued at ratio of 1:10 against right facing, this one seems to have been minted on an even smaller scale.

Curtis Clay provided the following information:

"Not in Cohen with portrait left, nor acquired by Paris in the meantime; their two specimens, nos. 28-9, both have portrait right.
Reka Devnia hoard: 3 spec. with bust right, none with bust left.
BM 32 has a specimen with head left, acquired in the remarkably rich Hamburger Collection of Jewish coins in 1908. BM 32 is the only specimen listed, and also illustrated, by RIC 50. It is from different dies than David's specimen, and is less well preserved.
Carradice and Buttrey must have known at least one other specimen of this denarius to justify rating it R2 rather than R3. I think it would have been helpful if, for every R2 coin, they had listed every specimen known to them!"

A decent example of the type with good toning and fine style.
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Titus RIC 5359 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 53 (R), BMC 25, RSC 286
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, beared, r.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Venus stg. r. leaning on column, with helmet and spear
EF

Venus is an ironic choice for a reverse for Titus in light of his tragic romance with the Jewish Queen Berenice, who he had to banish because of her unpopularity with the Roman people. The BMCRE instead speculates the reverse echoes the classic reverses issued by Julius Caesar and Augustus, thus aligning Titus to an imperial tradition.

The coin itself is in excellent condition and features a classic portrait. Even the Venus is rendered wonderfully well.

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Titus RIC 5477 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79 AD
RIC 54 (R2), BMC 25, RSC 286
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
F+

Another very rare Titus as Augustus denarius. What makes this rare is the obverse portrait left married to this reverse type with IMP XV. Neither I or a fellow Flavian specialist have seen another in trade. This coin is an obverse and reverse die match for the RIC plate coin.

A bit on the rough side, but better than the picture shows.
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Titus RIC 89136 viewsAR Denarius
Rome Mint, 79 - 80 AD
RIC 89 (C), BMC 106, RSC 25
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: BONVS EVENTVS AVGVSTI; Bonus Eventus, a naked youth, standing l., holding patera in extended r. hand and corn-ears and poppy in l.
VF+

An undated reverse type with the meaning "good outcome". The BMCRE alludes that this may follow in a Neronian tradition.

A very difficult reverse type to find...I spent the best part of a year looking for a VF or better example in good style. This one fits the bill.
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Titus RIC-102110 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 102 (C), BMC 37, RSC 306
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Two captives seated l. and r., back to back: between them, trophy composed of cuirass, helmet, and oblong shields : the captive on l. is a woman, draped, hooded, and rests head on r. hand; the captive on r. is a man, naked, and has his hands bound behind his back.
VF

A coin issued to either commemorate an Agricolian victory in Britain or to remind Rome of Titus' victory in Judaea.

Another scarcer reverse type that can be quite expensive.
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Titus RIC-10353 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 103(R2), BMC p. 230 note, RSC 307
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Captives, two, back to back, seated either side of trophy (woman on l., man on r.)
VF

Issued in 80 AD, this denarius most likely commemorates a victory by Agricola in northern Britain. Interestingly enough, this coin is an English metal detectorist find.

I didn't expect to come across this type for some time...but it was offered to me and I couldn't say no! The lovely portrait is a nice bonus.

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Titus RIC-10885 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 108 (C2), BMC 66, RSC 318
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Curule chair, above which is a wreath: 'pulvinar' of Mars and Venus and the 'Divi' (?).
VF+

Another pulvinar coin issued in celebration of the Colosseum dedication.

A coin which has nice detail on the reverse, especially in the wreath.
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Titus RIC-10966 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 109 (R), BMC 70, RSC 319
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Curule chair; above, wreath.
aVF

Rare left facing example of the type.

The RIC notes: The type is often described as showing two curule chairs, but is more likely a single chair with both pairs of legs shown.

Ex Robert Kutcher collection.
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Titus RIC-112270 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 112 (C2), BMC 72, RSC 309
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
Near mint/ VF

Another in Titus' pulvinaria series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum.

Easily one of the best portraits of Titus I have ever seen. The condition of the obverse is excellent.
A coin I'm very proud to have.
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Titus RIC-11339 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 113 (R), BMC p. 235 note, RSC 310
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
VF

A rare left facing example of this desirable type. Well centered with a hint of gunmetal toning.
David Atherton
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Titus RIC-115226 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 115 (C2), BMC 43, RSC 303
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Elephant, stg. l.
aEF

A reverse type that records the opening games of the Flavian Amphitheater.

The coin looks much better in hand than the pic shows. Some very nice toning is starting to develop on both the obv and rev.
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Titus RIC-116158 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 116 (C), BMC 47, RSC 304
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Elephant, stg. l.
aEF

Not a particularly rare type...but not very common either with portrait left. I believe these were minted near a ratio of 1:10 compared to the right facing type.

The elephant on the reverse symbolizes the opening of the Colosseum. Elephants were featured in those first games and Martial actually tells of an elephant, who after dispatching a bull in the arena, knelt before the emperor! Perhaps a neat trick the trainer had taught it.

A really nice portrait with a fantastic elephant on the reverse.
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Titus RIC-119106 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 119 (C2), BMC 51, RSC, 316,
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Square seat, draped with cloth hanging in folds, above which is a winged thunderbolt, lying horizontal: ('pulvinar' of jupiter and Juno).
VF

Another in the pulvinaria (supplication to the Gods) series, this one devoted to Jupiter or perhaps Juno too.

A nice example of a good VF denarius of Titus. Full legends and a pleasing portrait.
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Titus RIC-12052 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 120 (C), BMC 56, RSC 314
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Square seat, draped with cloth hanging in folds, above which is a winged thunderbolt, lying horizontal: ('pulvinar' of Jupiter and Juno).
aVF

Same type as BMCRE 51 but with the left facing portrait.

A pleasing portrait, even if the coin itself is a bit off-center.

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Titus RIC-12280 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 122 (C2), BMC 58 var., RSC 313
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Square seat, draped with cloth, with fringe: it has a semicircular frame on it, on which are three crescent like objects: ('pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
VF

Another in a series of pulvinaria types Titus issued in commemoration of the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD . The BMCRE attributes this reverse to Apollo and Diana, also, the BMCRE description puts the number of crescent-like objects on the frame as three, the above reverse has five. There is quite a variety of differences with the throne reverses for both Titus and Domitan, a lot of them are variants.

A fairly typical denarius of Titus, well toned with a solid portrait. I already owned this reverse type with the triangular frame, but liked this coin enough to add it to the collection.
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Titus RIC-12356 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 123 (C), BMC 60, RSC 311
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame with three crescents
VF

This type is a bit harder to find with the left facing portrait, but is by no means scarce.

I love this portrait. Some may see it as nondescript, perhaps even boring, but to me this is a perfect example of what I like about Titus' portraits from Rome. The strong Roman nose, the curls in the hair, even the expression on Titus' face all add up to a truly great portrait. There are several other examples in my galleries of this type of work, this coin is one of the better ones.
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Titus RIC-124a43 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 124a (C2), BMC 61, RSC 313
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; as 122, but frame is triangular and is decorated with five or more palmettes or corn ears (sometimes combined)
VF

RIC 124 is divided in the book's plates into three varieties based on the arrangement of the palmettes or corn ears on the triangular frame. 124a is a bit scarcer than 124c.

Not a bad example of a very common type. A few scratches and some evidence of rough cleaning do not distract from the overall appearance.
David Atherton
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Titus RIC-124c112 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint 80 AD
RIC 124c (C2), BMC 62, RSC 313a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Square seat, draped with cloth, with tassels hanging in folds: it has a triangular frame on it, on which is a palmette in the center and four vertical bars on each side.
EF

A reverse, which according to the BMCRE, may commemorate the pulvinar of Apollo and Diana (and possibly Ceres) for the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD. This issue was interrupted by the fire in Rome later in the same year and was continued again by Domitian upon the mints reopening in 81.

A denarius that looks quite spectacular in hand, despite the shininess.
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Titus RIC-12887 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC-128 (C2), BMC 78, RSC 27a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which lies dolphin r.: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' (?)).
VF

A reverse that commemorates the pulvinar of Apollo and Diana (?) for the opening of the Colosseum. There is a more elaborate variation of this reverse with ravens on either side of the tripod.

A nice well centered denarius.
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Titus RIC-12956 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 129 (C), BMC 80, RSC 323
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod with fillets; above, dolphin
aVF

Rarer left facing portrait of the type. The right facing example was probably minted at a ratio of 10:1 compared to the left facing.

Another tough coin to track down. Nicely centered with a better than average portrait.
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Titus RIC-131374 viewsAR denarius
Rome Mint, 80 AD
RIC 131 (R), BMC 82, RSC 323a
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
VF

This denarius was part of a series struck for the lectisternium (religious ceremony) celebrating the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD.

Each god had its own sacred couch, in latin they are known as 'pulvinaria', brought out in pairs, probably in the Forum. The coins in question commemorates the sacred couches which were set out with 'exuviae' (emblems) representing the gods. This example is most likely the 'pulvinar' of Apollo.

There are two different types of the Tripod reverse: The common one with just a dolphin above the Tripod, another with a wreath and ravens added. The Reka Devina hoard records 24 specimens of the more common type and only 3 of the raven/wreath variant. Cohen and the RIC do not have seperate listings for the scarce variant, the BMCRE and RSC do record it however.

Needless to say it took a bit longer for me to acquire this less common specimen, but it was worth the wait. Wonderfully centered with gunmetal toning.
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Titus RIC-132334 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 132 (R2), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath
aVF

This type is extremely rare with left facing portrait. In all the years I've collected Flavian denarii this is the only one I've ever been offered or seen for sale. RIC cites only an ebay specimen, where are the others?

Despite the scratches and worn condition this is a wonderful coin, IMHO.
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Titus RIC-368 (Mule)340 viewsAR Denarius
Rome mint, 79-80 AD
RIC 368 (R3), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: EX S C across field; Victory adv. l., placing shield on trophy; below, Judaea std. l.
3.30 g
F

A very interesting mule featuring an obverse of Titus as Augustus and a reverse intended for the deified Vespasian. Until this specimen surfaced only one other was known, it belonging to Curtis Clay, which is an obverse and reverse die match to my example. If I may be so bold, the following is what Curtis Clay wrote about his own specimen in 2005 which I cannot improve upon.

"This denarius is without doubt a mint mule, combining an obverse of Titus as Augustus with a reverse meant for Divus Vespasian. A normal denarius of Divus Vespasian with rev. STRUCK FROM THIS SAME DIE was in Rauch 67, part I, 26 Feb. 2001, 368 (I tried to acquire it too but was outbid!).
Does any list member possess a normal aureus or denarius of Titus struck from this same head-left obv. die, and if so, what is the reverse? It is a matter of some historical significance whether this obverse die belongs to 23 June-31 Dec. AD 79, the first six months of Titus' reign, COS VII on rev., or the next six months, AD 80 up to July 1, COS VIII on rev. (After that, perhaps because the mint burned down in the fire of 80, no more aurei or denarii were produced at Rome until the accession of Domitian in Sept. 81.)
Being able to date this obv. die would more or less solve a vexing question, namely when was Vespasian consecrated?
T.V. Buttrey, following H. Mattingly, believes that the consecration must have been postponed until 80, since all coins of Domitian as COS VI (79), plus a few as COS VII (80), call him simply AVG F, Son of the Augustus. Only when new aureus and denarius rev. types were introduced for Domitian early in 80 was his filiation changed to DIVI F, Son of the Consecrated Emperor.
I however think Vespasian was probably consecrated immediately after he died on 23 June 79. The persistence of AVG F for Domitian into 80 is odd and I cannot explain it, but I think this fact is outweighed by two other considerations.
First, it was natural, indeed inevitable, that the status of a deceased emperor, deification or condemnation, should be decided by the Senate immediately after his death. Immediate consecration or condemnation is explicitly attested for a number of other emperors before and after Vespasian. Delay could occur when the successor wanted consecration to enhance his own prestige but the Senate thirsted for revenge by condemnation, as in the cases of Tiberius and Hadrian, but there was no such disagreement about Vespasian: both Titus and the Senate surely favored his consecration. So it is impossible to explain why his consecration should have been postponed for six or more months after his death.
Second, the mint was striking aurei and denarii for Vespasian in four rev. types during the final six months of his life, Jan.-June 79.
When Vespasian died, three of these types were taken over by Titus as Augustus and, judging from the numbers in the Reka Devnia hoard, were struck in about the same volume until the end of 79 as the three types of Titus as Caesar in 79 which he also continued as Augustus. The aureus and denarius type of Domitian as Caesar in 79 also did not change when Vespasian died. In other words seven of the eight common aureus and denarius types of 79, three of Vespasian which were carried on by Titus, three of Titus himself first Caesar then Augustus, and one of Domitian Caesar, were without doubt struck continuously from beginning to end of the year.
But what about the fourth common precious-metal type of Vespasian alive in 79, Victory placing shield on Trophy? This type was not struck for Titus as Augustus, instead we find it with obverse of DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, and with the titles of Vesp. on reverse changed to EX SC to convert it into a consecration type! This type was about as common in the Reka Devnia hoard as the six denarius types of Titus as Augustus in the second half of 79.
I find it impossible to believe that this type was revived for Divus Vespasian after his alleged delayed consecration early in 80. It sticks out like a sore thumb among the other precious metal types of Divus Vespasian, as the only one to merely repeat a type of the living Vespasian instead of advertising the new honors that had been decreed with his consecration. No: obviously the type belongs to the second half of 79, contemporaneous with the other three types of the living Vespasian which Titus had taken over for himself, proving that Vespasian was consecrated immediately after he died!
This is the same rev. type of Divus Vespasian that was wrongly coupled with an obv. die of Titus as Augustus on the denarius reproduced here. If my chronology is correct, this will have been an obv. die of AD 79 and will also have been coupled with correct reverses of Titus dated COS VII not COS VIII, if such coins have survived and can be found!
I have searched without success for this obv. die in coinarchives, wildwinds, several photofiles compiled from printed sale catalogues and lists, and the major published museum catalogues."

Interestingly enough, earlier this year an obverse die match was found with an appropriate Titus reverse (Tripod and dolphin) dating to 80 AD.
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