Vespasian AR Didrachm, 6.20g Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΟΥƐϹΠΑϹΙΑΝΟϹ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΟϹ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r. Rev: ΤΙΤΟϹ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤWΡ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ƐΤ[ΟΥϹ] Θ; Titus in military dress, standing facing, holding spear and sword RPC 1649 (10 spec.). Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, June 2020. Several issues of silver coinage were struck for Cappadocia during Vespasian's reign. They were produced in two distinct styles: Roman (with a six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (with a twelve o'clock die axis). The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck in 'local' style, presumably at Caesarea and were somewhat supplemented by the 'Roman' style coins from Rome. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver were produced at nearly 48% fineness. This remarkable didrachm from regnal year 9 (77/78 AD) features Titus Caesar on the reverse in full military dress. The type can be interpreted as a dynastic issue showing the young prince in all his military glory, evoking his recent military prowess during the Judaean War and as a worthy heir to Vespasian. The sword, or parazonium, he is holding was a ceremonial weapon worn by the nobility as a symbol of valour. Why exactly was this a personal 'grail' coin? Well, to be honest, I love the reverse heroically featuring Titus as a larger than life heir to the throne. Make no mistake, with this coin you can visually tell who Vespasian wished to succeed him! By contrast, the parallel type struck with Domitian Caesar on the reverse is not so awe-inspiring. He is shown togate holding a branch. Vespasian AR Didrachm, 6.77g Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r. Rev: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CЄB YIO ЄT Θ; Domitian standing, l., holding branch RPC 1651 (19 spec.). Ex Pegasi VAuction 32, 19 May 2015, lot 314. Titus's heroic status as the conqueror of Jerusalem was quite secure, as can be attested by a coin symbolically celebrating his military prowess struck six or seven years after the event in a province hundreds of miles away.