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AR Denarius, 3.30g
Rome Mint, 79 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII; Victory, draped, r. leg bare, stepping l. and setting round shield on trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, and greaves, below which sits captive l., veiled, mourning, with head propped on r. hand
RIC 1068 (C). BMC 246. RSC 552. BNC 214.
Acquired from Calgary Coin, July 2005.

Issued during Vespasian's final year, it may have served as a reminder of his accomplishements in Judaea, or perhaps it celebrates a victory of Agricola's in Northern Britain.

Another type that I found very hard in locating. There is a DIVVS version of this type (with different legends of course) issued by Titus after Vespasian's death which I have come across more often than this one.

Nice toning on it as well.

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