Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR quinarius. Struck during the reign of (Titus) Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, 79-81 C.E. The laureate head of Titus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "[T]? CAESAR VESPASIANVS..." surrounding image. Inscriptions on obverse based on Sear reference; upper right corner of coin missing, inscription is illegible. On reverse, a seated figure faces left in profile with the inscriptions "COS III..." surrounding image. Unable to discern identity of figure or inscription on reverse; bottom right corner of coin missing, inscription is illegible.
Date range: 79-81 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 39 C.E., Titus was the elder son of Vespasian and Flavia Domitilla and was educated with Britannicus, the ill-fated son of Claudius. He later served in Germany and Britain and commanded a legion in his father's Jewish campaign. When Vespasian left to assume the purple, Titus remained to carry on the war and captured Jerusalem in 70 C.E. On his return to Rome, Vespasian made him his colleague in the government and his succession in 79 C.E. was thus smooth. He proved himself a most benevolent emperor and his premature death in 81 C.E. cause great sorrow. Titus' coins were minted in Rome, Lugdunum, and possibly Ephesus.
References: David Sear, Roman Coins and their Values (1970), #748, p. 117
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