Titus Æ As, 10.71g Rome mint, 80-81 AD Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l. Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower RIC 238 (C). BMC 214. BNC 221. Acquired from Praefectus Coins, March 2020. Spes was a fairly common reverse type under Vespasian, connected to future dynastic hope and harmony. It continued to be struck by Titus and can be viewed as his hope for the future with his chosen heir Domitian. As Mattingly put it: '...the recurring types of Spes suggests that Titus gave Domitian full due as heir to the throne.' I can't help but think of this song whenever I acquire a Spes reverse.