Titus as Caesar Æ As, 9.55g Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian) Obv: T CAESAR VESPASIAN IMP IIII PON TR POT III COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C in lower field; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears RIC 571 (R2). BMC -. BNC -. Acquired from N&N Collection, December 2019. An extremely scarce As struck for Titus Caesar in 73 AD featuring an extraordinary obverse legend. Unusually, both the imperatorial and tribunican numbers are included, which is quite rare on the bronze. Although the coin was struck after July the legend omits the title CENS, which had been adopted in Titus' titulature since April. The clasped hands type was struck in both silver and bronze and according to H. Mattingly symbolises Concordia (clasped hands), agricultural prosperity (corn-ears), and successful trade (caduceus) in relation to the censorship. Also of note, the S C on this coin is in the lower field instead of the more common in exergue. Missing from the BM and Paris collections. The long obverse legend is pretty neat, but apparently was a pain for the engraver to do - notice how he or she began to run out of room near the end and the letters become smaller and smaller. I wonder if the same engraver was responsible for the elegant portrait? The reverse was no mean feat either, hands are notoriously very difficult to draw, let alone engrave properly. However, the ancients knew what they were doing. It's quite an eye catching reverse. Feel free to post your 'clasped hands' or anything relevant.