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CNG Feature Auction 118

Lot nuber 1036

Titus. AD 79-81. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.56 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 1 January-30 June AD 80.

CNG Feature Auction 118
Lot: 1036.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Roman Imperial, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 5 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Titus. AD 79-81. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.56 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 1 January-30 June AD 80. Laureate head right / Elephant, wearing armor, walking left on exergual line. RIC II.1 115; RSC 303. Lightly toned, small flan flaw and die break on obverse, some faint hairlines. EF. Magnificent Titus denarius.

Ex Gemini VII (9 January 2011), lot 753.

The elephant on this particular issue represents one of the numerous species displayed in the newly constructed Flavian Amphitheater, better known today as the Colosseum, built by prisoners of the First Jewish War on the site of the Domus Aurea of Nero. Opened to the public during Titus’ rule, in AD 80, and commemorated by Martial in de Spectaculis, the Colosseum was welcomed with great fanfare and games. During the opening ceremonies a great number of animals, including elephants, were both exhibited and slaughtered.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 118 lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 13-14 September 2021. CNG Feature Auction 118 – Session Three – Roman Provincial Coinage Part 2 through Roman Imperial Coinage Part 1 will be held Tuesday morning, 14 September 2021 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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