Titus, Rome. c. 80 AD

Titus, Rome. c. 80 AD


AR Denarius, 3.51g (17mm, 7h). IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M Head laureate r. / TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP Two captives seated on ground, back to back; between them trophy.

References: RIC 21 (older edition); Cohen 306; BMC 37

Grade:  Phenomenal iridescent toning and great reverse strike. EF  (re1047)

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Titus was the son of Vespasian and was the primary catalyst for the involvement in the Jewish uprising of 66AD. After his father became emperor upon the death of Nero, Titus was tasked with finishing what his father had started in Judaea. He did so successfully and was lavished with military honors upon his return to Rome. Afterwards he was a Prefect of the Praetorian Guard under his father and after Vespasian’s death was made emperor. This made him the first emperor brought to power by means of biological succession. Titus was considered a good ruler but died shortly into his reign of a fever. He was succeeded by his brother Domitian.