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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 906. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

TITUS. 79-81 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (10.79 g, 6h). Ephesus (or Rome) mint. Struck 81(?) AD. Laureate head right / Legionary aquila between two standards. RIC I 74; RPC II 861; BMCRE 149; RSC 398. Near VF, trace of porosity. Rare. ($500)

While no decisive evidence exists for the location of the mint of the cistophori during the reigns of Vespasian through Trajan, the style, legends, and, in particular, the consistent die axis point to Rome, suggesting that these coins were minted in the capital and then sent to Asia for local use.