I have been looking for one of these...

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  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very excited about this one. A while back I picked up a Titus denarius with the trophy and bound captive on the reverse. I really liked this design for Titus so I started looking for the left facing version. It turns out, the left facing version is rare. There are only 2 types of denarii with this reverse and a left facing portrait. They are RIC 31 and RIC 50. The one below is RIC 50. Both RIC 31 and RIC 50 are R2 (very few examples known). For RIC 31 I see 4 examples on Acsearch and for RIC 50 I see 3 (mine is one of the 3).

    I won this coin today from an Artemide Aste auction.

    Though I have been looking for more Domitian rarities, lately I been finding Titus rarities. It seems a bunch of rare ones have appeared in the last few months.

    Please post your coins of Titus.

    Titus (Caesar, 69-79). AR Denarius
    (18mm, 3.26g, 6h). Rome, AD 79.
    Obv: Laureate head l.
    Rev: Jewish captive kneeling r. before trophy.
    RIC II 50; RSC 297.
    Ex: Bertolami Fine arts E Live Auction 38 Lot 610 December 11, 2016
    Ex: Artemide Aste E Live Auction 11 Lot 362 January 26, 2020

    Titus RIC 50.jpg
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Great coin and interesting left facing bust.

    Titus, A.D. 79-81

    Billon Tetradrachm, 25mm, 9.3 grams, 12h

    EGYPT, Alexandria. Year 3 = A.D. 81

    OVEEPAEIANOY EEB; Laureate head right.

    Reverse: OMO-NOIA; Homonoia seated left, holding out branch, LT in lower left field.

    Reference: RPC 2467; Dattari 423


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  4. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    Beautiful coin!

    This is my right facing coin.
    I always thought that this was a Judaea Capta coin but read in Sears that the reverse also may be associated with the activities in northern Britain of Gnaeus Julius Agricola. He was a celebrated governor responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain.


    Titus, denarius.
    RIC 1, RSC 334a.
    20 mm 3,31 g.
    Rome mint, June - July 79 AD.
    Obv. IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG., laureate head right.
    Rev. TR POT VIII COS VII, (Jewish) captive kneeling right in front of trophy of arms.
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    A common one of Titus as Caesar:

    Titus as Caesar, AD 69-79.
    Roman AR Denarius, 3.27 g, 18.5 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, AD 76.
    Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN, laureate head right.
    Rev: COS V, Eagle standing front on garlanded altar, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head left.
    Refs: RIC.191a; RIC2.861; BMCRE 191; CBN 166; RSC.59a; RCV 2438.
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  6. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    A very nice addition Andrew! I like the portrait and toning.
    It's nice to see how much he looks like his father.
    I already showed my only Titus earlier this week. But I think it is not the last I have purchased.
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  7. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    Reverse similar to my Roman Republican denarius of Memmius:


    Rome, The Republic.
    C. Memmius, 56 BCE.
    AR Denarius (3.98g; 18mm).
    Rome Mint.

    Obverse: Head of Ceres, facing right, her hair tied in knot, wearing grain-ear wreath and cruciform earing; C.MEMMI C.F, before.

    Reverse: Bound captive kneels before trophy, his hands tied; flanked by IMPERATOR - C.MEMMIVS.

    References: Crawford 427/1; Sydenham 920; BMCRR 3937; Memmia 10.

    Provenance: Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review 39 (Jul 2014); Heritage CICF Sale 3032 (10 Apr 2014), Lot 23847; Dix Noonan Webb (30 Sep 2013), Lot 3051; Clarence S. Bement Collection [Naville Ars Classica VIII (25-8 Jun 1924), Lot 246].
  8. Archeocultura

    Archeocultura Well-Known Member

    Nice Titus restoration RIC 470 II Titus 470 Agrippa restoration.jpg
  9. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @Orfew .....Cracking looking coin and I love the toning!
    I assume the difference between the RIC50 and RIC31 is the IMPX/IMPXIIII..?
    Congrats on another great pick up....Paul
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  10. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Thanks Paul. Yes, you got it. The difference is the reverse legend.
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  11. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Got a Sestertius
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    Coin: Bronze sestertius
    IMP T CAES VESP AVG PM TRP PP COS VIII. - Laureate head left
    FELICIT PVBLIC SC. - Felicitas standing left holding cornucopia and sceptre.
    Mint: (80-81 AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 26.29g / 34mm / -
    • RIC 144
    • Cohen 74
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  12. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Nice one Andrew, congrats!


    laureate head right

    bound Jewish captive kneeling right in front of trophy

    Rome mint, as Caesar, first half of 79 A.D
    18.5mm, 180o

    Choice aVF

    SRCV I 2449; RIC II (Vespasian) 1076 (C); BMCRE II 258; RSC II 334, Paris 229

  13. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great pick up. Titus.jpg
    Titus, 79 AD, denarius Rome 3.41gm, radiate figure on rostral column, S2509, RIC 10, RSC 272,
  14. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    Excellent addition!

    I suppose my RIC 50 was one of the 'three'?

    T50.jpg Titus
    AR Denarius, 3.29g
    Rome Mint, 79 AD
    Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
    Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P; Trophy; below, captive kneeling r.
    RIC 50 (R2). BMC 32. RSC 297. BNC -.
    Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.
  15. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Actually David, I did not see yours on Acsearch. Yours is also very nice. I noticed that you were the only one on Forum ancient Coins who has a RIC 50 for Titus.
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  16. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Trajan had a variation on the type but with captive seated rather than kneeling and not unlike the Judaean type of Vespasian.
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  17. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    The coin arrived today.It is much better in hand than in the seller's photo. IMHO the portrait is amazing.

    T 50 new.jpg
  18. Gary R. Wilson


    I just had to have one concerning the opening of the Colosseum:


    Titus (Augustus)
    Coin: Silver Denarius
    IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG PM - Laureate head right
    TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP - Elephant walking left.
    Mint: Rome (January-June 80AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 2.90g / 18mm / 180
    RCV 2512
    RIC 115, (RIC [1962] 22a
    RSC 303
    BMC 43
    Cohen 303
    Incitatus Coins
    Acquisition/Sale: Incitatus Coins Vcoins $0.00 11/17
    Notes: Jul 21, 18 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
  19. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I have an example of this coin:
    Titus 5.jpg
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