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Triton XXII, Lot: 1052. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $4250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Titus. AD 79-81. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.47 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck January-June AD 80. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right / TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, elephant, wearing armor, walking left. RIC II 115; RSC 303; BMCRE 43-6; BN 37-9. EF, lovely iridescent toning.

Ex CNG Inventory 784112 (January 2007); Tradart, Vente Silencieuse (13 December 2006), lot 135.

This reverse celebrates the dedication of the Colosseum, which was opened to the public during Titus’ rule in AD 80. Games continued for 100 days.