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    Titus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Aureus, 7.26g (6h). Rome, 74 AD. Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS Head laureate right. Rx: PAX - AVG Pax standing left, leaning on column, branch under left arm, holding winged caduceus over purse on tripod. RIC 529 (R2). BM 410. Cohen 132 (BM, 45 Fr.). Calic├│ 747 (same reverse die). A one-time composite reverse type, used only on aurei of Vespasian and Titus in several successive issues in 73, quite rare for Titus with this obverse legend. Light hairline in center of neck, otherwise magnificent portrait. Virtually Mint State.

    Ex Lanz 94, 22 November 1999, Leo Benz Collection, lot 337. Acquired from Bourgey, Paris, September 1980.

    "Pax carries not only her own olive-branch, but also the caduceus of Felicitas and the purse of Mercury, the god who gives commercial success, and leans on the column of Securitas" (Mattingly, BMC, p. xxxvi).


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