Roman Empire - AR Denarius, Titus (AD 79-81) - Elephant (RIC II 115) - Silver

Description
Roman Empire - AR Denarius, Titus (AD 79-81) - Elephant (RIC II 115) - Silver
Very fine

Titus (AD 79-81), AR Denarius. Rome, January-June AD 80.

Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M - laureate head right.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P - Elephant, wearing armor, standing left.

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.

Diameter: ~18 mm
Weight: 3,13 g
Colour: silver
References: RIC II/1, 115 C. 303
Ex-private collection

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Lot details
Metal
Silver
Denomination
AR Denarius,
Year/Period and Variation
Titus (AD 79-81) - Elephant (RIC II 115)
Condition
Very fine
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