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Titus RIC II 0112127 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan- 30 June. (3.46 g, 18.87 mm, 6h). Obv: r. to l, out-IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. Rev: l. to r., in-TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, dolphin coiled around anchor. RIC 112, RSC 309, BMC 72, Sear 2517. Ex David Hendin.

This type may have been issued as a part of a series to commemorate the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater, or Colosseum which was begun under Vespasian and financed, at least in part, by the treasure plundered from the Jewish Temple during the sack of Jerusalem.
8 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 0131120 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Jan 1-June 30 80, A.D. (3.17g, 18.1m, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, tripod with fillets, above dolphin; on tripod, two ravens, left and right, and wreath under the dolphin. RIC II 131(R). BMC 82. RSC 323a.

Darkly toned, this coin is well preserved with only slight wear on the highest points. The hair and beard aren’t worn, and only slight wear can be seen on the laureate wreath. The largest output of Titus’ denarii was in the first six months of 80 A.D. which could be due to the great fire of 80 A.D. disrupting mint operations for some period of time. This is like RIC II 128, but with the addition of the ravens above the tripod.
3 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 0129102 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, Jan. 1-June 30, 80 A.D.. (3.31g, 18.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII, P P, tripod with fillets, dolphin above. RIC II 129, RSC 323.

This type was minted the same year as the inauguration of the Flavian Amphitheatre and Titus’ pulvinaria series. It also echoes a type of Vitellius which had a Raven under the tripod. Some of Titus’ coins have ravens on the tripod, but not this example. This is another of the less common left facing portraits.
2 commentsLucas H
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x Fourree Mule of Titus as Caesar87 viewsTitus as Caesar. Unknown, unofficial, mint. (2.11g, 18.1m, 6h.) Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPSIAN, laureate head right. Rev: AVGV[R?] above, TRI P[OT], below, priestly implements. Reverse, RIC II V43.

Titus, as Caesar, never had the reverse with the priestly implements. That was Vespasian in 70A.D. The legends is anticlockwise. The style is unofficial, and the weight is low making it a likely fouree even in the absence of any break in the silvering.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V055487 viewsTitus 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.
3 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 010287 viewsTitus 79-81A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 3.36 g. Jan.-July 80 A.D. Obv: IMP TITVS CɅES VESPɅSIɅN ɅVG PM, laureate head r. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, trophy with female seated r. in attitude of morning, and male captive seated l., hands bound behind back. RIC 102, RSC 306, BMC 37.

This coin may serve to both symbolize a victory in Britain, and as a reminder of the Jewish victory. Titus issued a number of trophy-captive types during his reign from 79-81 A.D. One of my favorite coins thus far, for both the condition, and the historic significance.
4 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 010884 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (3.24g, 18.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head r. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, curule chair, above wreath. RIC II 108, BMC 66, RSC 318. Toned. EF. Ex Harry N. Sneh collection.

A stellar example of a common coin. I’ve had the left facing bust of this type for some time, and was finally able to add the more common right in a high quality.

One of the new series of pulvinaria series thought to be issued to commemorate the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater.
6 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V107681 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79 A.D.. Obv: [T] CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head of Titus right. Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII, captive kneeling right below trophy. RIC II V1076.

Usually billed as commemorating the Roman victory in Judaea and thus a Judaea Capta type, this reverse was actually used on a Republican reverse by C. Memmius (Crawford 427/1) and could just be a Flavian restoration type common during Vespasian's reign.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 005478 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 79 A.D. after 1 July. (2.84g, 18.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P, Venus standing right, leaning on column, with helmet and spear. RIC II 54 (R2), BMC 25, RSC 286.

This is a worn, but scarce, denarius from early in Titus’ reign. Even the right facing portrait of this issue is rated as (R), but the left facing portrait is more scarce. Only the third issue of this series has IMP XV, with the preceding two showing IMP XIIII. Despite the few numbers of these, this is not a die match to the RIC plate coin which is the same coin used in the BMC plate 44, coin 15.
8 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 010476 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (3.36g, 18.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, Captives, two, back to back, seated on either side of trophy, man on l. woman on r. RIC II 104 (R).

The rare aspect of this type (compared with the more common Titus 102) is that the male captive is on the left, and the female is on the right. While a small difference, it is significant in terms of scarcity. This is the only example I’ve seen in trade of this type, and with a full weight, well centered on its flan, and full legends, it is in good condition as well.
4 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V156370 viewsTitus as Caesar under Vespasian. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (2.86g, 17.2mm, 6h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate and draped bust right. Rev: Titus standing right in quadriga with branch and sceptre. RIC II 1563, RPC II 1935, RSC 395.

Commemorating the Judea Capta Triumphal parade, celebrated in 71 AD., this is one of the more rarely issued eastern denari of the Flavian reign. Typical of Antioch, this coin has a high relief portrait. This also is my only example of a draped bust.
6 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V156254 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.45g, 17.0mm, 6h ). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate bust right, draped. Rev: Palm tree; to left, Titus standing right with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to r., Judaea std. r. RIC II V1562, BMC V518, RSC 392, RPC 1934.

A Judea Capta reverse commemorating the Flavians’ greatest victory. While listed as common, this type from Antioch is difficult to find in trade. This example has a tight flan, but a heavy weight. Like the other Eastern mints issuing Flavian denarii, Antioch operated early and for a short time.
5 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 012054 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint, 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (3.36g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, Seat draped; above winged thunderbolt. RIC II 120. BMC 56. RSC 315.

Although on a tight flan, this specimen maintains a decent weight, and most of its legends. The legends are sharper than the picture shows. This is part of the pulvinaria series introduced by Titus in 80 A.D. A unique series without precedent in Roman coinage, the types could be linked to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D, or, more likely, the inauguration of the Flavian Colosseum where seats for honored guests would be provided.
4 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V156051 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (3.33g, 17mm, 6h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate bust right, draped. Rev: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI, Concordia std. left, with patera and cornucopiae. RIC II V1560 (R2), BMC V514, RSC 44. Ex Harry N. Sneh. Gemini X, January, 2013, resold later CNG esale 308.

Although slightly off center, this example has a nice bust (as opposed to head because of the draping), and very little wear. This is a scarce issue for Titus from the Antioch Mint. Concordia, representing harmony, was a common theme of the Flavians following the instability of The Year of Four Emperors, 69 A.D.
3 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V148648 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Uncertain Asian Mint (“o” mint). 76 A.D. (3.39g, 19.5mm, 6h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS, laureate head right, annulet below tip of neck. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS V, winged caduceus. About VF. RIC II 1486 (R2), RPC 1460. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A very scarce issue from the “o” mint. This may be only the fourth known specimen of this coin (ANS, Berlin, and David Atherton). This type is not in the BMC, the Paris collection, or Cohen. This example is also a good example of the lax standards at this mint as the title “Pon Max” is inappropriate for Titus as Caesar. Also note the small number of dies used in this series as this obverse die is shared by my other two “o” mint Titus coins, BMC pl. 17-14, and RIC 1482.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 011646 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 1 Jan. –June 30 A.D. ( g, mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITUS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, elephant, cuirassed, standing left. RIC 116, Ex Incitatus Coins.

Issued contemporaneously with the pulvinaria series, this type lends credence to the theory those coins were minted to commemorate the opening of the Colosseum. Although rated as common by RIC, I don’t see as many of the left facing coins. This one has complete devices and legends although shows some wear.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V095043 viewsTitus as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.33g, 17.7m, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: COS VI, Prow right, eight pointed star above. RIC II V950 (R).

During this time, the Flavians were issuing coins of a consciously antiquarian reverse designs, and this naval type mimics a type used by Marc Antony and may signify the victorious Admiral. Vespasian had the same reverse type at this time as Augustus. The date on this type can’t be narrowed because only the consular date is given.
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Titus RIC II 012443 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. ( 3.46 g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, seat draped; above triangular frame decorated with five or more palmettes (ex CNG, Michael Joffre Collection)

A sharp example from Titus’ pulvinara series. This example has a well formed frame, and the details are quite sharp. Despite its smaller flan, the legend is complete, and the obverse is stellar. In hand the coin is nicer and less grainy than the picture makes it appear.
3 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V086142 viewsTitus as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. (3.4g, 19.81mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN, laureate head right. Reverse: COS V, eagle on cippus, head left, thunderbolt in claws. RIC V861, Sear 2438, RSC 59(a). Ex David Hendin.

The thunderbolt is clear on this example, but not on others. RIC II describes this eagle as standing on a “garlanded” alter, but the ornamentation is not present on this example. This coin was issued in several variations in legend and facing.
Lucas H
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Titus RIC II 003840 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. after 1 July. (3.29g, 18.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VCII P P, Capricorn left; below, globe. About VF. RIC II 38 (R2). Ex. Harry N. Sneh collection.

An exceedingly rare left facing bust of this already scarce type. Showing the limited number of dies for this issue, this example is a die match for the RIC plate coin, David Atherton’s example, and an obverse die match for the Wild Winds example. This type is lacking in many of the major museum collections.
3 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V107839 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. to June 24. (3.38g, 19.1mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head r. Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII, Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear. RIC II V1078, BMC V255, RSC 332. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This is part of the last precious metal issue for Titus before Vespasian’s death. This type carried over into Titus’s reign following his father’s death (T15, T34).

While worn, this example is well centered and retains full legends. This is also a good example of a “big” head and “bull necked” portrait of Titus. In Rome, later issues frequently sported a “small” head on the obverse portrait- see my Titus 108 as an example.
4 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V036639 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 72-73 A.D. (3.38g, 19.7mm, 6h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate head r. Rev: NEP RED, Neptune stg. l. r. foot on globe with acrostolium and sceptre. RIC II V 366, BMC V80, RSC 121. Ex Harry N. Sneh collection.

A type issued earlier for Vespasian in 71 AD for Rome, and again in Antioch. This is a type that gives thanks to Neptune for a successful return by sea voyage, here probably Titus’ return from the east following his success in the Jewish War. Despite the wear and irregular flan, this example has a nice portrait.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V097438 viewsTitus as Caesar 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.45g, 18.2mm, 7h.) Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS, laureate head r. Rev: CERES AVGVST; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II V974, BMC V321, RSC31.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued by Vespasian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

While the picture may not depict it, the toning on this specimen is quite nice.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V095137 viewsTitus as Caesar. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.3g, 18.71mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS COS VI, laureate head right. Rev: Two oxen yoked left, COS VI in exergue. RIC II V951 (R). Sear 2440. RSC 67.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V085836 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (3.28g, 20.4m, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN, laureate head right. Rev: COS V high in field; Cow, or bull, stg. r. RIC II V858 (R), BMC V186; RSC 52.

There is some debate about the meaning of this type. Mattingly describes the reverse as a heifer or cow, and relates it to the “Cow” of Myron. Some examples, however, seem to show a bull. The Flavians did issue an agricultural series, but that came in 77-78 A.D., after this series.

While this example has some wear, it has a wonderfully wide flan, and is well centered with complete legends.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 012236 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. Jan. 1-June 30, 80 A.D. (3.20g, 18.4mm, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CɅES VESPɅSIɅN ɅVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: [TR P] IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, seat draped; above, semicircular frame with three crescents. RIC II 122, RSC 313.

This is part of the pulvinaria (sacred couches of the gods) series introduced by Titus in 80 A.D. A unique series without precedent in Roman coinage, the types could be linked to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D, or the inauguration of the Flavian Colosseum where seats for honored guests would be provided.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V148135 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Uncertain Asian Mint (“o” mint). 76 A.D. (2.89g, 18.4mm, 6h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS, laureate head r., annulet below tip of neck. Rev: COS V, across field; eagle standing left, head right, wings half raised, on altar. VF. RIC II V1481 (R), BMC 485, RPC 1457. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A scarce issue from the elusive “o” mint in operation for the Flavians in 76 A.D. Showing the scarcity of this issue, this same obverse die was used for the RIC plate coin for 1482, BMC pl. 17.14, and my two other Titus “o” mint coins V1485 and V1486.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V148535 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Uncertain Asian Mint (“o” mint). 76 A.D. (2.95g, 19.4mm, 0h). Obv: T CAES IMP CESP CENS, laureate head r., annulet below tip of neck. Rev: FIDES PVBL, hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears. RIC II 1485 (R), RPC 1459. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A scarce issue from the elusive “o” mint in operation for the Flavians in 76 A.D. Showing the scarcity of this issue, this same obverse die was used for the RIC plate coin for 1482, BMC pl. 17.14, and my two other Titus “o” mint coins V1481 and V1486. This specimen also has an unusual 0 degree die axis.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 001535 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. After July 1, in 79 A.D. (3.02g, 17.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CɅES VESPɅ[SIɅN AVG P M], laureate head right. Rev: TRP VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII, Venus standing right, leaning on column with helmet and spear. RIC II 15 (R2).

Titus became Augustus following Vespasian’s death on June 24, 79 A.D. in a smooth transfer of power. This coin was minted early in Titus’ reign before he received the title P P.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 002535 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D. after 1 July. (2.66g, 18m, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR P VIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, quadriga left with corn ears. RIC II 25, BMC 18, RSC 278.

This type was already minted for Titus as Caesar earlier in 79 A.D., and the continuation of the type, demonstrates a seamless transition of Titus’ accession with little, if any, interruption of mint production. With an irregular flan and some wear on the highpoints, this specimen retains its legends and the detail on the horses pulling the quadriga appealed to me.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 011935 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 80, 1 Jan.-30 June A.D. (3.3 g, 18.07 mm, 6 o) Obv: IMP TITVS CɅES VESPɅSIɅN ɅVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, winged thunderbolt on draped table or chair. RIC II 119, Sear 2513, BMC 51, RSC 316. Ex David Hendin.

This is a part of a pulvinaria (supplication to the gods) series by Titus in 80 A.D.. This could be to celebrate the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater, or, in the alternative, it could be to supplicate the gods after the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 003734 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. after 1 July. (3.16g, 18.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP VIIII IMP XV COS VII PP, Capricorn left; below, globe. EF. RIC II 37 (R), BMC 35, RSC 294. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

With full legends this is a decent example of a scarce type. This reverse was used by Vespasian and copies an earlier issue of Augustus.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V146030 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 74 A.D. (2.85g., 17.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue star. RIC II V1460 (R2), BMC V477, RSC 39a, RPC 856. Ex. Forum.

This is another from the series issued in Ephesus with issue marks. On this worn example, there is just a star in exergue. RIC rates this issue as more scarce that the same reverse sporting both a star and annulet under Ceres’ chair.
Lucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V147029 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 74 A.D. (3.18g, 18.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP T CAESAR COS III, bearded, laureate head r. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE (from high r.), Victory advancing r., with wreath and palm, at lower r., star, below annulet. RIC II 1470, RPC 857, RSC 123. Ex CNG 277/227.

The PACI AVGVSTAE reverse shown here is unique to the Ephesus mint, as are the issue marks. There are a number of issues with the star from this mint, but fewer with the annulet in conjunction with the star.
The condition of this coin makes it one of my better Titus specimens. His beard is clearly visible, and the star and annulet are pristine.
1 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 010929 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 , 1 Jan.-30 June A.D. (2.91gm 18.9mm 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, curule chair, wreath above. RIC II 109 (R), BMC 70, RSC 319.

Another left facing head on a pulvinaria type, thought to be related to the inauguration of the Flavian Amphitheater. This coin is dated before 1 July, as Titus took TRP X on that date. I rarely upgrade, but this example was well priced and much nicer than the example I previously had in my collection.
2 commentsLucas H
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Titus RIC II 002029 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D. after July 1. (2.92g, 19.0mm, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII PP, Capricorn left; below, globe. RIC II 20 (R2), RSC 282.

This reverse type was a copy from an issue of Augusts and was in keeping with the Flavians’ use of antiquarian designs. This reverse was used by Vespasian prior to his death, and Titus continued with its use upon becoming emperor. Despite some wear, this is a nice example, well centered, and darkly toned
Lucas H
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Titus RIC II 003129 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D., after July 1. (3.38g, 18.7mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TRP VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII PP, Trophy; below, captive kneeling right. RIC II 31 (R2).

This reverse type was common for Titus and was a carryover from Titus as Caesar. This type is dated after 1, July as that is the date Titus took TRP VIIII. The left facing portrait on this issue is very scarce, so it is odd to note that this example is not from the same dies as the RIC plate coin or the example shown at wildwinds. This example, while worn, is well centered and retains complete legends and devices.
Lucas H
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Titus RIC II 003429 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79 July after 1 July. (3.13g, 19.9m, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Venus standing right leaning on column, with helmet and spear. RIC II 34.

Upon Vespasian’s death, Titus’ accession was never in doubt. Titus had several precious metal issues in in 79 A.D. RIC II has a footnote that a die variety exists with knobs on both ends instead of a spear, and this example appears to me to have knobs as do all the examples on wildwinds.
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Titus RIC II 011528 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 1 Jan. –June 30 A.D. (2.93g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITUS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, elephant, cuirassed, standing left. RIC 115, RSC 303. CNG 263/314.

Issued contemporaneously with the pulvinaria series, this type lends credence to the theory those coins were minted to commemorate the opening of the Colosseum. Although showing some wear, this example is well centered and has complete and clear legends on the obverse and reverse.
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Titus RIC II 008927 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79-80 A.D. (3.13g, 19.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: BONVS EVENTVS AVGVSTI, Bonus Eventus standing left with patera, corn ears, and poppies. RIC II 89, BMC 106, RSC 25.

This example is in great condition for my collection with complete and clear legends. Bonus Eventus was the divine personification of “good outcome” originally associated with agriculture, but later broadened. An early coin of Vespasian used this reverse (1375) from an unknown mint, and the reverse was among the earliest issues for Galba as well.
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Titus RIC II 010326 viewsTitus 79-81A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. . Jan.-July 80A.D. (3.15g, 18.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP TITVS CɅES VESPɅSIɅN ɅVG PM, laureate head l. Rev: TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, trophy with female seated l. in attitude of morning, and male captive seated r., hands bound behind back. RIC II 103 (R2) RSC 307.

This coin may serve to both symbolize a victory in Britain, and as a reminder of the Jewish victory. Titus issued a number of trophy-captive types during his short reign.

This specimen is worn, but has decent centering and complete legends. The left facing head is much rarer that the right, so I could not resist.
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V098625 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77, July-78 Dec. A.D. (3.01g, 19.4mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: IM[P XIII, in exergue; Sow left, with three piglets. RIC II V986. BMC V227, RSC 104.

This is a continuation of Vespasian’s agrarian issue which was mirrored in Titus’ coins as Caesar. This example is worn, but decently centered.

Lucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V097220 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.17g, 17.9mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIANVS, laureate head r. Rev: ANNONA AVG, Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears. RIC II V972, BMC V319, RSC 17. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Late in his reign, Vespasian issued an agricultural series, of which this reverse was a part. The same series was issued contemporaneously for Titus. Annona was the imperial personification of Rome’s grain supply, and by these issues, the Flavians were confirming their ability to secure the same.
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Titus RIC II 002818 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. after July 1. (2.76g, 18.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII PP, statute of radiate male figure (Sol?) with spear and parazonium on rostral column. RIC II 28, BMC 13, RSC 272.

A carryover from Vespasian’s last issue before his death. This example is worn, but well centered with complete legends.
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Titus RIC II 012317 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.- 30 June. (3.13g, 18.3mm, 6h). IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head left. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII, PP, Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame with three crescents. RIC II 123, BMC 60, RSC 311.

Another left facing head on a pulvinaria type, thought to be related to the inauguration of the Flavian Amphitheater. Still listed as common, the left facing specimens seem fewer and father between than their right facing counterparts. This coin has a tight flan, but maintains full legends and devices.
Lucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V069316 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (2.94g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP, laureate head r. Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III, Caduceus, winged. RIC II V693 (R), BMC V152, RSC 159. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A scarce example of a Titus as Caesar mirroring the identical issue for Vespasian. No examples of this type were in the Reka Devina hoard. The caduceus, misinterpreted by medieval scholars to be associated with doctors, was actually a characteristic of Mercury and associated with commerce and trade.
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V070616 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 74 A.D. (3.29g, 19.6mm, 7h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN, laureate head r. Rev: PONTIF TR P COS III, caduceus, winged. RIC II V706 (R), BMC 151, RSC 160. Ex Harry N. Sneh collection.

Another rare caduceus reverse with Titus as Caesar. Only one example of this type was in the Reka Devina hoard. The caduceus, misinterpreted by medieval scholars to be associated with doctors, was actually a characteristic of Mercury and associated with commerce and trade.
Lucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V087416 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (3.31g, 19.3mm, 6h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter stg. facing, with patera over alter and scepter. RIC II V874, BMC V305, RSC 106.

A reverse shared contemporaneously with Vespasian. This specimen has some wear but the flan is very well formed and the coin is well centered.
Lucas H
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V107313 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 79, to 24 June A.D. (3.10g, 19.8mm, 5h). Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT VII COS VII, quadriga left, with flower. RIC II V1073, BMC V256, RSC336.

This type was a part of the last series of denarii with Titus as Caesar prior to Vespasian’s death. Unlike previous issues, this reverse type was not contemporaneously shared with Vespasian, but the reverse was used by Titus upon becoming emperor. Despite the wear, Titus' beard it clearly evident on this specimen.
Lucas H
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Titus RIC II 000113 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 24 June-1 July 79 A.D. (3.19g, 19.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII, Trophy, below, captive kneeling right. RIC II 1 (R), RSC 334a, BMC 1.

Titus’ accession was never in doubt, and this first issue was produced in a narrow window of mere days between Vespasian’s death and Titus taking TRPVIIII copying a design Titus used as Caesar (RIC II V1076). This type likely reminds his fellow Romans of Titus’ victory against the Jews.
Lucas H
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Titus RIC II 004913 viewsTitus 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 79 A.D, after July 1. (3.2 g, 18.35mm, 6h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM, laureate head right. Rev: TRP VIIII IMP XV COS VII PP, captive, hands bound behind back, kneeling right below trophy. RIC II 49, RSC 295, BMC 31.

Coins with Titus as Caesar under Vespasian with this trophy/captive type were issued earlier in 79 A.D., before Vespasian’s death on June 23, 79 A.D. (RIC II Vespasian 1076). When Titus became Augustus, the type continued memorializing his part in the Judean victory during the First Jewish Revolt.
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