Ancient Rome, 079-081 AD, Titus, AR Denarius, Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, NGC

$975.00

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Description

 

Obverse:  Laureate Hd of Titus

Reverse:  Wreath on Curule Chair

Weight: 3.54 GM

Orientation: 12h

Mint: Rome, 80

S-2516

This is one of the so-called Pulvinar series (empty throne) which were tributes to various gods.  The wreath on curule chair is supposed to represent a tribute to Mars and Venus.  These issues were of some significance at the time and there are two hypotheses about their purpose.  The more common thought is that these coins were issued in conjunction with the opening of the Colosseum in AD80.  It is thought that these empty chairs might represent seats reserved for the designated gods at the opening ceremony.  The other thought is that these coins were issued as an appeasement to certain gods after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD79.

A bold and excellent Titus portrait!

 

 

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