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∆ As, 10.37g
Lyon mint, 72 AD
RIC 1202 (C2). BMC 822.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
Acquired from Felicitas Perpetua, October 2018.

This iconic eagle on globe type copies a similar reverse struck under Tiberius for Divus Augustus. The connection to Augustus demonstrates Vespasian's worthiness as his successor. The type is fairly rare at Rome and more commonly found from the mint at Lugdunum (Lyon). It is almost exclusively reserved for the As issues at both mints.

A wonderful early portrait from Lyon, highlighted by a beautiful dark brown patina.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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Date added:Nov 20, 2018
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Jay GT4  [Nov 20, 2018 at 11:48 AM]
Beautiful chocolate patina
FlaviusDomitianus  [Nov 20, 2018 at 01:50 PM]
Nice addition, powerful portrait.
Mat  [Nov 20, 2018 at 01:53 PM]
Wonderful portrait
quadrans  [Nov 20, 2018 at 06:32 PM]
Great coin , and details,
Randygeki(h2)  [Nov 21, 2018 at 05:05 AM]
Awesome example !