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Titus as Caesar
TITUS, as Caesar. 79-81 AD. As 28mm 8.6 gm. Struck 74 AD. O: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS III CENS, laureate head left R: VICTORIA AVGVST, S C across field, Victory standing right on prow, holding wreath and palm. RIC 755 (Vespasian); BMCRE 711A (Vespasian) note var. (head right); cf. Cohen 363.

This obverse legend with PON TR P added and CAESAR abbreviated to CAES is only known on one coin paired with this reverse type (BMCRE 711A note), but that coin's obverse has Titus facing right. The references mentioned are from the only other example I could find online. I believe this is the third known left facing example.

The Victoria Avgvst, Avgvsti and Navalis Victory on the prow types probably commemorate Titus' pursuit of the Jews at Taricha on rafts, and the same circumstance doubtless explains why Titus brought a large number of ships with him when he entered Rome in triumph.
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curtislclay  [Sep 08, 2013 at 07:54 PM]
The new RIC 755 lists two specimens of this As, in Berlin and Vienna, unfortunately without photo. I have noticed another published from a private collection by F. Gnecchi in Rivista ital. 1893. What is your source for another specimen with head left?
As you note, BMC 711A note cites a similar coin but with head laur. right from ASFN 1884, p. 177. Is this correctly reported, or just a head left like yours misdescribed? The new RIC does not list this coin with head right, though that obverse type does occur, RIC 748 with rev. PAX AVGVST S C, again not illustrated. What makes these coins rare is the long obv. legend with PON TR P added and CAESAR abbreviated to CAES.
Nemonater  [Sep 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM]
The other example I found is ex CNG coin shop item 733620
David Atherton  [Sep 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM]
Awesome rarity!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Sep 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM]
I have another spec of this one! I will post it soon.
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