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ID number: BIRBI-R1029
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection: G. Haines Collection
Artist / Maker: Titus (79-81)
Title / Object name / Definition: Denarius
Object type: Coin
Place made: Mint of Rome
Date made: 80
Collector: G. Haines
Measurements: 3.21 g
Description: Obverse: Laureate head of Titus
Reverse: Elephant. This coin commemorates the opening of the Colosseum in AD 80. By this time Caesar had evolved from a name into part of the imperial title. Titus continues to use the republican titles which were the constitutional basis of the secular power of the emperor, Tribunicia Potestate and his religious authority, Pontifex Maximus. Titus also highlights how many times he had held the Consulship, the senior magistracy of the republic.
Inscriptions / Translations: Obverse: IMPTITVSCAESVESPASIANAVGPM (Imperator Titus Caesar Vespasian Augustus Chief Priest)
Reverse: TRIXIMPXVCOSVIIIPP ([in his] ninth Tribunician Power, Victorious General fifteen times, Consul eight times, Father of his Country)
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