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    Fine Style Titus Gold Aureus

    Titus as Caesar (AD 69-79). AV aureus (20.5 mm, 7.33 gm, 12h). NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 73. T CAES IMP-VESP CENS, laureate head of Titus right / PONTIF-TRI POT, Titus seated right on curule chair, scepter in right hand, branch outward in left. RIC II, Part 1 (Vespasian) 555. Calic├│ 753. Impressive fine style portrait with lustrous surfaces and mint bloom.

    Flavius Titus Vespasianus was born in AD 41 in a disreputable quarter of Rome and seemed marked out for the life of an upper middle-class civil servant in the mold of his father. Fortune decreed otherwise. Vespasian won glory as a general during Claudius' invasion of Britain in AD 43, and Titus had the honor of being raised and educated at court. He grew into an intelligent, handsome, and charming young man and distinguished himself as a military tribune in Britain and Germany before becoming his father's second in command for the Judean campaign of AD 66-69. When Nero's regime collapsed in Rome and a free-for-all erupted for the throne, Vespasian was declared Emperor by his legions and set about securing power. Titus took over direction of the Judaean war, which culminated in the storming of Jerusalem in AD 70. Returning to Rome, Titus was granted a stupendous triumph and was made Praetorian Prefect, where he was utterly ruthless in protecting his father's regime. He also kept his younger brother Domitian on a tight leash, deepening their sibling rivalry. His high-profile love affair with the Jewish princess Berenice scandalized Rome and led to comparisons with Marc Antony and Cleopatra. When Vespasian died in AD 79 and Titus was proclaimed emperor, many feared he would be another Nero or Caligula, but he soon emerged as an uncommonly benevolent and conscientious ruler during his brief, two-year reign.


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