Denarius of Titus

Amongst the finds featured this week on the website this is one of only two Roman coins. It came in from Damian Mcgovern, who asked for a valuation.

The coin is a denarius of Titus, who was he elder son of Vespasian. On the death of Vespasian in AD 79 Titus became emperor. He was as popular as his father had been but died in AD 81 when he was aged only 40.

This denarius has on the obverse a legend reading IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M around the laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse is an elephant facing left and a legend reading TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII. In volume I of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values denarii like this one are listed as number 2512; they were struck at Rome during 80 AD. In Roman Imperial Coins the type is given as number 22a.

Valuation

Both sides have been struck off centre but the coin is otherwise in VF condition. In terms of value, if I was cataloguing it for sale at auction then in its present state of preservation I would set the pre-sale estimate at £180 – £250.

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