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Ancients: Titus as Caesar (79 - 81 AD). AV aureus (19mm, 6.59 gm, 6h). ...

2012 March 8-9 Signature Auction - The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins - New York #3003

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Auction Ended On: Mar 9, 2012
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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Titus in Triumph
Titus as Caesar (79 - 81 AD). AV aureus (19mm, 6.59 gm, 6h). AD 72-73 Rome. T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; laureate head of Titus to r. / Titus stands in triumphal quadriga to r., holds branch in r. hand and scepter in l. Hendin 1469. RIC 84, 370. BMC 520. BN 73. About Extremely Fine.


The Triumph of Titus and Vespasian for their victory in the Jewish War was perhaps the formative event of the Flavian dynasty. Father and son were both anxious to unite the Roman people under their rule after the traumas of the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 68-69), and placed maximum emphasis on what could be viewed by some detractors as a minor victory in a desert backwater. Moreover, Rome had not seen a proper Triumph for nearly 30 years, in the reign of Claudius. A detailed description of the procession can be found in Josephus' "Wars of the Jews," book VII, chapter V.

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