An upgrade I did not think I would ever find.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    The coin was issued by Vespasian and features Titus as caesar. The Vespasian of this type shows up in both left and right facing versions. The right facing one is not rare. This coin RIC 950 [VESP] uses the prow on the reverse. It is a reference to earlier uses of the prow on previous coins including Roman republican types and some imperatorial issues (Marc Antony) as well.

    The first photo shows the coin I bought 4 years ago on Vcoins. The second photo depicts the upgrade that I just bought.

    The first coin is already sold to a CT member.:) Good to keep it in the family so to speak.

    I love this coin both as a type and for the amazing portrait on the obverse. Please post your coins with great portraits or any Flavians you may have.



    Titus. AR Denarius as Caesar, AD 69-79. Rome, under Vespasian, Struck AD 77/8.
    (19.04 mm, 3.25 g),
    Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head of Titus right.
    Rev: COS VI, prow of galley right, sides ornameted with intricate cross-hatch and maeander patterns; above, star with sixteen rays. RIC 950 (R); BN 202; BMC 226; RSC 68. SRCV I (2000) 2441
    Ex: Incitatus Coins
    Purchased February 22, 2016 from Incitatus coins
    Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.

    titus ric 950.jpg


    Titus. AR Denarius as Caesar, AD 69-79. Rome, under Vespasian, Struck AD 77/8.
    (19.04 mm, 3.22 g),
    Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head of Titus right.
    Rev: COS VI, prow of galley right, sides ornameted with intricate cross-hatch and maeander patterns; above, star with sixteen rays. RIC 950 (R); BMC 226; RSC 68. SRCV I (2000) 2441
    Ex: Numismatik Naumann Auction 88 Lot 656 April 5 2020.
    Ex: Roman coin shop dot com
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  3. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Orfew, Congrats on your new addition :D. Despite some weakness in the inscriptions, this coin is certainly a good upgrade ;).
     
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  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Congrats that's beautiful

    Q
     
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  5. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Terrific upgrade! I only have Vespasian with that reverse.
     
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  7. TheRed

    TheRed Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the upgrade @Orfew it is a lovely coin to add to your collection.
     
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  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice, congrats.
     
  9. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    I do have the Vespasian with that reverse. Vespasian Denarius 77-78 AD Obv Head of Vespasian left laureate. Rv. Prow right. Star above RIC 942 3.55 grms 18 mm Photo by W. Hansen vespd18a.jpeg
     
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  12. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Thanks to everyone for the kind comments
     
  13. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Nice one Terence. I also have one though not as nice as yours.
    Vespasian RIC 942 new.jpg
     
  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Mine has seen better days. Vespasian 15.png
     
  15. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    True, but your coin has a history and many stories that have surrounded it.
     
  16. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice upgrade with with beautiful reverse.
     
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  17. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    The original was nice, but the upgrade is a beauty!
     
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