RIC 974 (Vesp), BMCRE 321 (Vesp), RSC 31
Rome Mint, 78-79 A.D.
Obv - T CAESAR VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - CERES AVGVST; Ceres, draped to feet, standing l., holding poppy and two corn-ears in extended r. hand and long vertical sceptre in l.
Titus' reverses on his denarii closely mirror those of his father Vespasian. This Ceres reverse was briefly continued into Titus' reign and thus may be dated more towards 79, the year of Vespasian's death. The type itself may have been part of an issue which commemorated a new agricultural programme.
A wonderful coin in hand with a few minor scratches on the portrait that do not detract from the coins appeal.