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A Unique and Unpublished As of Titus

David Atherton

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As a specialist it is always a tremendous thrill to acquire rarities, especially those that were previously unknown. Such is the case with my latest coin!



Æ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm
RIC 247 var.
(rev. legend). BMC -, BNC -.
Acquired from Roman Coin Shop, May 2023.

A unique and unpublished variant of the left facing portrait/Victory advancing type with the reverse legend beginning from the upper right instead of the previously recorded lower left. Although the reverse legend on this specimen is worn, the letter 'V' starting off the legend can clearly be seen below Victory's wreath. RIC II.1 co-author Ian Carradice has been notified of the piece and should assign it as a footnote to RIC 247 in the Addenda and Corrigenda (...variant with reverse legend inscribed from top right, not bottom left).

Here it is in hand.



A different legend orientation may seem like a minor thing, but to me it is the kind of discovery that keeps me going!

Feel free to post your minor varieties.

As always, thanks for looking.

Edited by David Atherton
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