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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 146. Estimate CHF8000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF14000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Julia Titi. Augusta, 79-90/1. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 11.33 g 4), Rome, 80-81. IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Titi to right, her hair tied up in a bun at the top of her head Rev. VESTA / S C Vesta seated left, holding Palladium in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 257-258 (Titus). BN 271-4. Cohen 18. RIC 398. Rare. A splendid piece with an exceptionally fine portrait and a lovely dark green patina. Nearly extremely fine.

From the collection of J. P., ex Tradart, 16 November 1995, 161.

Julia Titi was the only child of the emperor Titus, born to his second wife, Marcia Furnilla in 64. He divorced her the following year but Titus kept custody of Julia. While she was married to a cousin, T. Flavius Sabinus, she nevertheless became the mistress of her father’s brother, Domitian. After the death of both her father and her husband, she openly lived with Domitian for a time when his official wife Domitia was out of favor. She died in 91 of what may have been complications following a miscarriage. This coin, issued by her father Titus, shows her as a beautiful girl of seventeen.