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 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: 000-180-001-577-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1938.922
Date: AD 80
Minted in 80 AD
Material: Silver; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; laureate head right. Rev.: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; dolphin on tripod
Dimensions: Diameter 19.00 x 17.00 mm; weight 3.44 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 27(a)
Coin, denarius
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Titus (Emperor)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Titus, Roman Empire, 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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