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    Titus, as Augustus (AD 79-81). AR denarius (18mm, 3.28 gm, 5h). NGC XF 5/5 - 2/5. Rome, 1 January-30 June AD 80. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Titus right / TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, winged thunderbolt on draped seat. RIC II 119.

    From the Morris Collection

    Mattingly describes this series on p.114 of RIC II first edition as "It was perhaps the eruption of Vesuvius that prompted the issue of the series of "supplicatio" coins showing the exhibition of the emblems of the gods on "pulvinari" in their temples. Thus, the thunderbolt on throne for Jupiter, the corn-ears on throne for Ceres, the shield on throne (used by Domitian) for Minerva, the dolphin and anchor may represent Neptune and the dolphin and tripod for Apollo. The wreath on curule chair is uncertain". In the new edition of RIC II, Carradice and Buttrey question this conclusion because of the use of the curule chair and instead mention another theory where the series was linked to the inauguration of the Colosseum, which would explain the reverse with the elephant.


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