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5601937
5601937.

Titus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.40 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 77-78. Laureate head right / IMP XIII in exergue, sow advancing left with three piglets. RIC II.1 986 (Vespasian); RSC 104. Toned, a few minor marks. VF. A well centered example of this scarce and popular type.


Ex DMS Collection. Harlan J. Berk inventory cc64730.

From The Aeneid, Book VIII: “And now, lest you think this sleep’s idle fancy, you’ll find a huge sow lying on the shore, under the oak trees, that has farrowed a litter of thirty young, a white sow, lying on the ground, with white piglets round her teats, That place shall be your city, there’s true rest from your labours. By this in a space of thirty years Ascanius will found the city of Alba, bright name.” Hence, this type signifies part of the foundation myth for Rome.