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Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

Titus Flavius Vespasianus was the hero of the Judean rebellion (from the Roman perspective) and a very popular emperor. He presided over the empire during the cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius, which buried half the towns of the Bay of Naples, including Pompeii. He was described as handsome, charming and generous. Titus once complained that he had lost a day because twenty-four hours passed without his bestowing a gift. He was, however, generous to a fault, which depleted the treasury. If he had ruled longer, he might have brought the empire to bankruptcy and lost his popularity. He died of illness in 81 A.D., succeeded by his brother Domitian.

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In 76 A.D., Emperor Vespasianus Augustus and Titus Caesar Vespasianus were the Roman Consuls.
SH89775. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 V870 (R2), RSC II 59b var. (eagle left with head right), BnF III V166 var. (same), BMCRE II V191 var. (same), SRCV I 2438 var. (same), gVF, superb portrait, slightly off center, weight 3.324 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 76 A.D.; obverse T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS (counterclockwise), laureate head right; reverse eagle standing slightly left on garlanded cippus, thunderbolt in claws, head right, wings open, COS - V flanking across field; ex Tauler & Fau (Madrid) auction 14 (2 Oct 2018), 2405; extremely rare; $270.00 (€237.60)

Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia, Titus Reverse

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After a successful campaign in Judaea Vespasian was declared emperor by his troops at Alexandria. Upon the defeat of Vitellius, he went to Rome and consolidated his power. Vespasian was popular, down to earth and witty. Responsible for an economic and military recovery of Rome, he was one of the greatest Roman emperors.
GS89792. Silver didrachm, RPC II 1650, Sydenham Caesarea 102, Metcalf Cappadocia 4, SNG Righetti 1761, aVF, toned, light bumps and marks, minor encrustations, obverse off center, weight 7.093 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Cappadocia, Caesarea (Kayseri, Turkey) mint, 76 - 77 A.D.; obverse AYTOKPA KAICAP OYECΠACIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate bust of Vespasian right; reverse AYTO KAI OYECΠACIANOC CEBACTOY YIOC, laureate bust of Titus right; ex Eukratides Ancient Numismatics; $160.00 (€140.80)

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In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.
RB91005. Copper as, RIC II-1 V441, BnF III 631, Cohen I 6, SRCV I 2473, Hunter I -, BMCRE -, aVF, broad flan, rough, porous, corrosion, weight 11.095 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 72 A.D.; obverse T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II, laureate head right; reverse AEQVITAS AVGVSTI (the equity of the emperors), Aequitas standing left, scales in right hand, long scepter vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across lower half of field; ex Eric J. Engstrom Collection; $95.00 (€83.60)

Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Prymnessos, Phrygia

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Prymnessos is the modern day town of Sülün in central Turkey.

Dikaiosyne was the personified spirit (daimona) of righteousness and justice.
RP89868. Bronze AE 22, vA Phrygiens II 1060; RPC II 1396; SNG Cop 667; BMC Phrygia p. 365, 26; Lindgren III 612a, aF, uneven weak strike, much of legends unstruck, marks, porosity, weight 5.250 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Prymnessus (Sulun, Turkey) mint, 29 Aug 79 - 28 Aug 80 A.D.; obverse TI AYTOKPATOPA KAICAP, laureate head right; reverse ΠPYMNHCCIC, Dikaiosyne seated left, holding scales, grain ears and poppy; only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; rare; $55.00 (€48.40)





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