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A Rare Titus Caesar Spes Sestertius

David Atherton

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Here is my latest coin from the Curtis Clay Collection. Admittedly, the Spes reverse is pretty bog standard Flavian fare, but this sestertius variety from 76 is pretty rare.




Titus as Caesar [Vespasian]
Æ Sestertius, 24.10g
Rome mint, 76 AD
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS V; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l., with flower
RIC 908 (R). BMC -. BNC 760.
Ex Harlan J Berk BBS 225, 30 November 2023, lot 47. Ex Curtis Clay Collection. Acquired from Subak, April 2000, CICF.

Spes is a common Flavian reverse type connected to future dynastic hope and harmony and was often struck for all three Flavians. This rare Titus Caesar variety is missing from the BM.


In hand.


As always, thanks for looking!

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