Rare Titus denarius-5th known?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Hi all, i managed to grab this one yesterday. I already have one of this reverse type for Vespasian. It is nice to have one of Titus. There is also this reverse type for Domitian but I do not have any hopes of getting one of those soon.

    According to David's gallery on forum the following examples are known.

    One from David's excellent collection
    One from the Harry Sneh collection
    The RIC plate coin
    One from an auction in 1925

    Unless other have surfaced since David wrote that description mine would be the fifth known example.

    Titus RIC 528 [Vesp].jpg
    Titus as Caesar AR Denarius
    Rome mint 73 CE
    Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
    Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
    RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
    Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Yours is in much better condition than my example. Titus 7.jpg
     
  4. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Nice score! I think the 'rare' frequency rating in RIC is a bit generous. Plus, I don't think much has changed since I wrote that gallery description.

    @Bing's coin is also an ex Sneh coin. It's an 'o' mint example, which I let go when I was able to acquire another specimen. Ironically, this Eastern variant is a bit more prevalent than the one from Rome.
     
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Congrats on the rare find, Orfew.
     
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  7. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Since it was mentioned, we need t show the relately common Vespasian.
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  8. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    vespd26.jpg Vespasian denarius Annulet issue Ephesus 76 A.D. Rv winged caduceus RIC 1477 3.0
     
  9. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    The coin arrived today. I am very happy with it. I love the portrait.
    Titus Ric 528 [Vesp} new.jpg
     
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