TITUS GOLD AUREUS – RARE TEMPLE OF VESTA ARCHITECTURAL TYPE – VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 14715)
ROMAN EMPIRE. TITUS, AD 79-81
Gold Aureus, 7.04 g., 20 mm., struck as Caesar under Vespasian, AD 73.
Obv. T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate head of Titus right, within dotted border.
Rev. VESTA, circular temple shown from the front, so that the stairway leading to the entrance is seen, revealing the statue within, while outside, flanking the structure, are two other figures of goddesses standing on bases.
RIC Vespasian 510 (citing 2 specimens, with rarity R2); Calicó 797 (same dies).
Ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 26, 11 June 1993, lot 456;
Ex Classical Numismatic Review 18, January 1993, lot 219.
NGC graded as VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, a very rare variety struck prior to the adoption of the title of “CENSOR” by Titus in AD 73; the elaborate structure shown on the coin is generally identified as the Temple of Vesta in the Forum, but may in fact be another structure dedicated to the goddess on the Palatine Hill.