Titus AR Denarius.Under Vespasian 76 CE (first issue)
Obv:Leaureate head right, T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Rev:Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar, IOVIS CUSTOS
RIC 863 [VESP] (R2)
Purchased from ebay February 21, 2019
One might think when looking at this coin that it is just another worn denarius of Titus. While this true, it is also a rare coin.RIC designates it as R2, very few examples known. It was issued for Titus as Caesar under the rule of Vespasian in 76 CE. It copies a reverse of Vespasian. The Iovis Custos reverse was a new reverse type issued in 76 CE. The Vespasian coin is quite common but this one is not. In fact there are a number of coins of Vespasian which were also issued in the name of Titus.
So aside from the rarity why did I want it? I thought it was interesting that it copied a common reverse type for Vespasian, I liked the look of the portrait, and I am always willing to add interesting coins of Titus to my collection.