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Titus Pax Sestertius

David Atherton

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I have a soft spot for coins struck for Titus as Augustus. My latest addition is this sweet Titus sestertius struck in 80 or 81 AD featuring a stylish portrait of the new emperor.



Æ Sestertius, 22.43g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 154 (C). BMC 174. BNC 161.
Acquired from Tater's Relics, eBay, April 2023.

Pax was a fairly common reverse type struck for Titus on his bronze coinage. This particular Pax with branch and cornucopiae is a carry-over from Vespasian's reign. Apparently, the propaganda value of peace was quite limitless. The right facing variety seems to be a bit less common than the left facing examples.

And here it is in hand.



Thank you for looking!

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Nice! Here is my left facing Titus as Augustus with Annona:


IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P PP COS VIII - Laureate head of Titus left
ANNONA AVG - Annona standing left, holding statue of Aequitas and cornucopia; in left field modius with corn ears; in right field stern of cargo ship, decorated with a goose neck
Sestertius, Rome 79-81 a.D.
33 mm / 18,91 gr
RIC 86 / 137; BMCRE 153; Cohen 15 (but without S C), Cayon 2
ex Professor M. Caselli Collection



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