Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Titus

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Titus.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Titus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Titus in 79 AD. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the head of Titus wearing a laurel wreath facing to the right. The inscription 'IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M' identifies Titus and abbreviates many of his titles. It also refers to his father, Vespasian, who died in June, 79 AD.

Agricola, the Roman governor of Britain, invaded Scotland in 79 AD, and mounted a campaign which ended in a great victory for Rome at Mons Graupius in 83 AD. Coins such as this one would have been used to pay the many soldiers involved in the campaign.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-569-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.476
Date: 79
Minted in 79 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; head of Titus laureate, r. / Rev. TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII; captive kneeling r., trophy
Dimensions: 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 5
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Titus
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Titus, Rome, 79
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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