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Roman Empire

Ruler: Julia Titi
Reigned: Augusta 79 - 89 AD
Denomination: Plated Denarius*
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 79 - 80 AD
Obverse: Bust right draped and diademed, hair in long plait. "IVLIA AVGVSTA T AVD F" (anticlockwise)
Reverse: Venus standing right, viewed from behind, nude but for drapery at hips, buttocks exposed, leaning with left elbow on column, helmet in extended right, transverse spear behind in left. "VENVS AVG" (anticlockwise)
Reference: RIC II(1) 387, RCVM 2611
Weight: 3.2 gms
Diameter: 18.8 mm
Comment: *No sign of the bronze core but bumps on the obverse are typical of a plated coin.

Julia Titi

Flavia Julia was the daughter of Titus by his second wife, Marcia Furnilla, and was born about 65 AD, shortly before her parents' divorce. She married her cousin Flavius Sabinus and was granted the title of Augusta during her father's reign (79-81 AD). Her husband was Domitian's colleague in the consulship in 82 AD but two years later he was executed on the emperor's orders. Thereafter, Julia lived with her uncle Domitian as his mistress and on her death, circa 89 AD was deified.

Julia was the first Roman empress to be honoured with the issue of regular Roman coin denominations - in precious metal as well as bronze - produced solely in her.

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