Judaea, Roman Judaea. Titus. 79-81 AD

Judaea, Roman Judaea. Titus. 79-81 AD


Æ 21, 7.81g (21mm, 12h). Laureate head of Titus right / Nike standing right, resting foot on helmet, inscribing shield attached to palm tree.

Pedigree: Ex Superior Galleries, 14 December 1987, lot 602. From the Dr. Feori Pipito Collection

References: Hendin 1446; TJC 381; RPC 2311
Grade: Dark green patina. Nearly Extremely Fine

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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 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.