Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of Titus (under Vespasian)

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Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of Titus (under Vespasian)

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Titus, son and heir of the emperor Vespasian, between 75 and 79 AD. It is a type called a quinarius, worth half of a denarius which was the standard silver coin in use for most of Rome's history. 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 '[T CAESAR] IMP VESPASIAN' identifies Titus, his titles Caesar and Imperator, and his father. The coin was struck slightly off centre and has a chip at the edge.

Vespasian clearly intended to found a dynasty. He conferred titles and positions upon his sons Titus and Domitian early in his reign. Titus participated in many of Vespasian's military campaigns, including the conquest of Judaea.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-565-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10491
Date: 75 - 79
Minted between 75 and 79 AD
Material: Silver; small chip at 10.0 - 11.0 (obverse); obverse slightly off-centre; uneven striking; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [T CAESAR] IMP VESPASIAN; laureate head right / Rev. [VICTO] RIA AVGVST; Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm
Dimensions: 14.50 x 14.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: RIC (Vespasian) 214
Coin, quinarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Titus (under Vespasian)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver quinarius of Titus (under Vespasian), Rome, AD 75 - 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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