A Rare Titus Aequitas

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Feb 8, 2023.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Yes, I needed this variety, but the stunning portrait really won me over.

    Titus as Caesar [Vespasian]
    Æ As, 11.12g
    Rome mint, 76 AD
    Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS V; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST; S C in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
    RIC 911 (R). BMC p. 171 *. BNC 763.
    Acquired from Jongeling Numismatics, January 2023.

    Vespasian inherited a financial mess upon his accession in 69. His top priority was putting the state on a sound financial footing. Symbolic of that righting of the empire was the common reverse type of Aequitas. Aequitas holding her scales and measuring rod was probably based on a cult image of the deity. She first shows up as an imperial virtue on the coinage under Galba - a virtue that Vespasian was eager to emulate. This rare Aequitas was struck for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar in 76. Vespasian and Titus often shared the same reverse types, a move that no doubt marked Titus as Vespasian's heir to the throne. Missing from the BM.

    And in hand.

    Thank you for looking!
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very handsome coin, David.
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Lovely coin. Congrats
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  5. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Wonderful addition, congrats.
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  6. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    A really exceptional coin @David Atherton. Beautiful, congrats.

    I have a Titus COS III CENS not nearly as nice as yours (RIC II, Part 1 Vespasian 744; BMC.708$), so I was just checking the attributions, just for the fun of it:)

    According to BnF Gallica yours is Référence bibliographique : BNC III Vespasien 762 at https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10447089r
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  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Thank you for the kind words.

    BNC 762 is the AVGVSTI variety. Mine is BNC 763 (AVGVST).
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