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 or 81 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's father, Vespasian, wearing a laurel wreath and facing to the right. The legend 'DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS' identifies the portrait as the 'divine Augustus Vespasian'.

Most Roman emperors were proclaimed gods after their deaths and received the title 'Divus'. Temples were erected in their honour. Bad emperors were condemned, and their acts annulled. A few emperors were left in limbo, not consecrated or condemned.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-673-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1959.536
Date: 80 - 81
Minted in 80 or 81 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS; head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; asno. 108 above / Rev. Capricorns l. and r., back to back, supporting shield inscribedS C; globe below
Dimensions: 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 63
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Titus
Vespasian (deified)
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Titus, Rome, 80 - 81
  • Mattingly, Harold and Sydenham, Edward A. The Roman Imperial Coinage. Vol. II. Vespasian to Hadrian. London: Spink & Son, Ltd, 1926. 
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