Titus as Caesar Æ As, 10.61g Lyon mint, 77-78 AD (Vespasian) Obv: T CAES IMP AVG F TR P COS VI CENSOR; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.; globe at point of bust Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower RIC 1273 (C3). BMC 868. BNC 877. Acquired from eBay, November 2019. The Lyon mint struck a fairly substantial issue of bronze coinage for the Western provinces late in Vespasian's reign, presumably to rectify a shortage in the region. One of the most popular types struck during the issue was Spes, the goddess of hope. Here she represents Vespasian's hope for a happy dynastic future. The depiction of Spes raising her skirt and holding a flower likely copies a familiar cult statue of the goddess. When I see this Spes reverse I can't help but think of this iconic image of a 'flower child' peacefully protesting the Vietnam War. Although it goes without saying the Flavians did not intend the same exact peaceful meaning with their Spes reverse, the symbolism of hope and peace behind the flower really hasn't changed all that much in 2000 years. Feel free to post your 'Flower Power' coins.