Titus, as Caesar (Struck under Vespasian). 69-79 AD. Rome, c. 79 AD

Titus, as Caesar (Struck under Vespasian). 69-79 AD. Rome, c. 79 AD


AR Denarius, 3.34g (18mm, 5h). T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS Laureate head of Titus to right / TR POT VIII COS VII Venus standing right, leaning on cippus, holding helmet in her right hand and long transverse scepter in her left.

Pedigree: From the collection of W. M. Stoecklin, Winterthur, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1981

References: BMC 255 (Vespasian). BN 223. Cohen 332. RIC 1078 (Vespasian)

Grade: Well struck and nicely toned. About EF (gk1057)

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Titus was the son of Vespasian and was the primary catalyst for the involvement in the Jewish uprising of 66 AD. 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.