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Research Coins: Printed Auction

Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1022. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $3300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

TITUS, as Caesar. 69-79 AD. Æ Orichalcum Semis (2.83 gm). Judaea Capta type. Uncertain mint in Asia Minor. Struck 77-78 AD. T CAESAR IMPEP (sic) PONT, laureate head right / SC across field, Judaea seated right in attitude of mourning at foot of palm, arms to left. RIC II 812 (Vespasian); RPC II 1483 corr. (CAES); Hendin 795a corr. (IMP); Cohen 225. VF, dark brown (black) patina. Extremely rare, possibly third known. ($1000)

All of the references refer to a specimen in the Ashmolean museum. The second appeared as lot 1705 in CNG 61, a Fine/VF specimen that realized $1400 on a $750 estimate. All three of these coins are struck from the same obverse die, but there are two different reverse dies. For an analysis of this coin type and its series, see C.M. Kraay, "An Unattributed Flavian Issue, A.D. 77-78," in SPNO. Both Kraay and RPC misread the obverse legend, citing CAES rather than CAESAR.