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Julia Titi, Augusta c. 79 - 89 A.D.

Julia was the daughter of Titus and Arrecina Tertulla. When growing up, Titus offered her in marriage to his brother Domitian, but he refused because of his infatuation with Domitia Longina. After the death of her husband Julia moved into the palace with her uncle and his wife Domitia Longina. Ancient historians report that Julia was seduced by her uncle and died having an abortion forced upon her by him. Dio, for example, claimed that he "lived with [her] as husband with wife, making little effort at concealment." Modern historians regard this as likely slander invented after Domitian's assassination. Julia was deified after her death and Martial wrote a poem where in he praised her and wished for her to become the spiritual guardian of the (hoped for) future son of Domitian and Domitia whom he wished to be named "Julius" in her honor. Following Domitian's downfall their wet nurse Phyllis mixed his ashes with those of Julia to ensure they would not be thrown away.

Julia Titi, Augusta c. 79 - 89 A.D., Unpublished Mule

|Julia| |Titi|, |Julia| |Titi,| |Augusta| |c.| |79| |-| |89| |A.D.,| |Unpublished| |Mule||dupondius|
This coin is an extremely rare apparently unpublished mule of two very similar rare varieties from the same issue. This coin has the obverse of RIC II-1 T395 with Julia's hair in a coiled bun at the back. That type has the reverse legend CONCORDIA AVG. The obverse of RIC II-1 T394, with this CONCORD AVGVST reverse legend, has a different portrait with a smaller bun lower on the back of her head.
RB110098. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II-1 T395/394 (R/R2); BnF III T268/T269; cf. Cohen I 3 (CONCORDIA AVG); Hunter I 5 (same); SRCV I 2616 (CONCORDIA AVG); BMCRE II -, aF, green patina, weight 10.442 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Titus, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair piled high in the front, coiled in a bun at the back; reverse CONCORD AVGVST, Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) in exergue; from the Shawn Caza Collection, ex Kunst-und Antikmarkt Am Hof (Vienna, Austria); this coin is an extremely rare apparently unpublished mule of two very similar rare varieties from the same issue; zero sales of this mule type are recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $160.00


Julia Titi, Augusta c. 79 - 89 A.D.; Ancient Counterfeit

|Julia| |Titi|, |Julia| |Titi,| |Augusta| |c.| |79| |-| |89| |A.D.;| |Ancient| |Counterfeit||denarius|
Although this coin does not have a visible copper core, we believe it coin is an ancient plated counterfeit. Their are very tiny coppery areas, and, more telling, small lumps in the obverse right field that are typical on plated coins where the bronze core below has swelled from oxidation.
SH59891. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. CNG 196, lot 268 (plated, 1 Oct 08, $955 + fees); Jean Elsen 87, lot 1347 (plated, 11 Mar 2006, 600 + fees), RIC II Titus 387 (official), aVF, solid plating, scratches, weight 3.145 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, c. 81 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA T AVG F, diademed and draped bust right; reverse VENVS AVG, Venus standing right, viewed from behind, nude but for drapery at hips, buttocks exposed, leaning with left elbow on column, helmet in extended right hand, transverse spear behind in left; very rare; SOLD


|Julia| |Titi|, |Julia| |Titi,| |Augusta| |c.| |79| |-| |89| |A.D.||cistophorus|
Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta, her sacred flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins. In 394, by order of the Christian emperor Theodosius I in his campaign to eliminate pagan practices in Rome, the fire of Vesta was extinguished.
SH03411. Silver cistophorus, RIC II-1 p. 330, D848 (R); RPC II 871 (13 spec.); BMCRE II 258; SNGvA 6587, F, weight 10.6 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, c. 82 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA DIVI TITI F, draped bust right, hair in a knot in back; reverse Vesta seated left, draped seat without back, palladium in right hand, scepter in left hand, VESTA in exergue; rare; SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

DIVAEIVLIAEAVGDIVITIFSPQR
IVLIAAVGVSTA
IVLIAAVGVSTADIVITITIF
IVLIAAVGVSTATAVGF
IVLIAAVGVSTATITIAVGVSTIF
IVLIAIMPTAVGFAVGVSTA


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