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    Famous Colosseum Sestertius

    Divus Titus (AD 79-81). AE sestertius (31mm, 26.13 gm, 6h). NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 3/5. Rome, AD 81-82. Oblique overhead view of the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater), the exterior displaying four tiers of arches, the top three containing statuary, and the interior showing spectators arrayed in sectioned seating; fountain on base (Meta Sudans) to left; porticoed building (Baths of Titus?) to right / DIVO AVG T DIVI VESP F VESPASIAN, Titus seated left on curule chair, branch upward in right hand, scroll in left; pile of arms on both sides, S C below. RIC II (Domitian) 131. Hendin 1594. Extremely Rare and arguably the most sought after architectural type.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Hall Park McCullough (1872-1966) collection (Stack's, 20-22 November 1967), lot 1170 (pictured) estimated at $250 and sold for $330.

    Among the most famous monuments of Antiquity is Rome's Colosseum, formally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, so named after the dynasty that built it. Flavius Vespasianus (AD 69-79), began its construction in AD 71 on the site of Nero's sumptuous Golden House. It was Rome's first permanent outdoor amphitheater, and it was built on a scale not to be exceeded for the next eighteen centuries. Vespasian dedicated the partially completed structure in AD 75, however the final touches, including the top tiers of arches and seating, were not completed until June, AD 80, under his son and successor Titus. This remarkable coin was issued to mark the occasion. The die engraver did a exemplary job depicting the mammoth structure in surprising detail, carefully depicting the exterior tiers of arches and the decorative statuary within each arch, as well as the spectators crowded within. Even the interior staircases arched entrance ways and the Imperial box are depicted. To the left of the central structure stands a huge, conical fountain called the Meta Sudans; to the right is a porticoed building usually identified as the Baths of Titus, formerly part of Nero's Golden House.




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    January, 2019
    6th-7th Sunday-Monday
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