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 80 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 TITUS 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.

The Romans needed coins for one main purpose - to pay the salaries of her huge military force. They were also needed to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works and special payments to the poor.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-573-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10495
Date: 80
Minted in 80 AD
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; reverse weak and slightly pitted; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. IMP TITUS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; unbarred As; laureate head right / Rev. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; bar over IX: throne with round back, on which ar
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 24a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Titus
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Titus, Rome, AD 80
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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