There was a post last year on this type of anchor and dolphin from Domitian by @Orfew that included a reference to an interesting blog (Hazelton Collection) on related, and more rare, coins of Domitian. While my coin is not a Flavian rarity (C2 in RIC II), is a type referenced by Domitian. It is from Titus in the year that the Colosseum opened, AD 80, that connects ancient Rome and the modern world. The reverse of this coin is a visual reference to the adage and oxymoron, "festina lente" or "make haste slowly". For centuries, publishers have reused this symbol, which, apparently, is just as applicable to making good books as it is to a successful Roman military and government. Titus, AD 79-81, AR denarius, Rome, AD 80 (1-Jan to 30-Jun 80) Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Titus right Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, dolphin coiled around anchor Ref: RIC 112 Note: a much prettier version of this coin from @David Atherton This symbol of "dolphin coiled around anchor", representing the adage can be found in various forms on many books: from Doubleday 20th Century from Dent in the Everyman series, 20th Century from Pickering, 19th Century The oldest, a printers mark from Aldus Manutius, AD 1449-1515, Venetian publisher during the Renaissance. Erasmus, writes of Aldus, his publisher: "Aldus, making haste slowly, has acquired as much gold as he has reputation, and richly deserves both." In his long essay on "Festina lente", Erasmus writes of the links to Emperors Augustus and Titus. "Augustus was so greatly delighted with this saying — as Aulus Gellius relates in the eleventh chapter of the tenth book of his Attic Nights (whom Macrobius follows in the sixth book of his Saturnalia) — that he not only used it very often in his daily conversation, but also frequently inserted it into the language of his official letters, advising by these two words that his ministers in carrying out their duties should employ both the dispatch of efficient business, and the slowness of careful reflection." - Erasmus Adagia II.1.1 (translated in English) "From the ancient coins minted by Titus Vespasian we can easily gather that this same proverb pleased him, too. Aldus Manutius showed me a specimen, a silver piece of old and clearly Roman workmanship, which he said was sent to him as a gift by the Venetian nobleman Pietro Bembo, who honored the youthful Aldus as an example of the foremost students and diligent investigators of literary antiquities in his time." - Erasmus Adagia II.1.8 (translated in English) This coin is a visual reminder of advice from the first emperor, a marker from the opening of the Colosseum, an inspiration to book publishers - and many others that I have omitted, and a 3g token of the long lasting influence of the Roman empire. As always, comment, correction and additional references are appreciated. Post your coins of dolphins with anchors, coins of Titus, or anything else you find interesting or entertaining.