David Atherton Posted February 27 · Member Share Posted February 27 (edited) Sometimes you have to trade off rarity over condition. This is precisely the case with my latest acquisition. Yes, it looks a bit 'rough', but I think the portrait survives all that rather well. And it is the portrait that is the main attraction! Titus as Caesar [Vespasian] Æ Sestertius, 19.42g Rome mint, 77-78 AD Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS VI; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis Rev: ANNONA AVGVST; S C in field; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears RIC 1022 (R2). BMC -. BNC 781. Acquired from Praefectus Coins, February 2023. Vespasian's bronze issue of 77-78 was sparingly struck and features many scarce varieties. This Titus Caesar sestertius with aegis portrait is extremely rare with no specimens in the BM. The Annona reverse is part of an agricultural themed coinage programme, perhaps promoting a contemporary governmental policy. Here it is 'in hand'. Thank you for looking/watching! Edited February 27 by David Atherton 12 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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