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A Rare Titus as Caesar Annona

David Atherton

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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!

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1 hour ago, David Atherton said:

Sometimes you have to trade off rarity over condition.

I know the struggle well! But when one's collecting goal is completeness, we take what we get.

Here's one of my favorite Annona bronzes.

Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.16 g, 29 mm.
Rome, AD 142.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev: ANNONA AVG S C, Annona standing right, between modius and prow, holding corn ears and out-turned cornucopiae.
Refs: RIC 597; BMCRE 1228; Cohen 37; RCV 4147; UCR 502.

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