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    Titus, Blessed By Fortune

    Titus, as Caesar (AD 69-79). AV aureus (20mm, 7.24 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 74. T CAESAR IMP VESP,  laureate head of Titus right / PONTIF TR POT, Fortuna standing left on garlanded base, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopia cradled in left arm. RIC (Vespasian) 696. BMCRE (Vespasian) 153. CBN (Vespasian) 127.  Calic├│ 751a. Struck on a broad planchet from fresh dies of fine style. NGC Choice XF? 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    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 Mark 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 conscientous ruler. 


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