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Vespasian-RIC-1312 (?)
AR Denarius, 2.98g
Tarraco (?) mint, 70 AD
RIC 1312 (R3). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax stg. l., with branch and caduceus
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A mystery coin if ever there was one. The portrait style suggests a provincial mint. Harry Sneh thinks it could be Tarraco. Ian Carradice believes it is provincial also, but acknowledges Rome had a widely variable portrait style early on and without a die link it remains uncertain where this coin was minted. I too think it is a bit unusual for Rome and so have tentatively assigned it to Tarraco. The obverse style is very much like that on the RIC 1308 plate coin from Tarraco. The Rome example of the type is RIC 29 for comparison.

Admittedly not the prettiest coin but certainly interesting for a Flavian collector!
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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Date added:Nov 14, 2011
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Randygeki(h2)  [Nov 21, 2011 at 05:28 AM]
interesting portrait.
Lucas H  [Nov 23, 2011 at 04:04 AM]
I'm new, but does that look something like Otho?
David Atherton  [Nov 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM]
Apparently even the Spanish die-cutters had no idea what Vespasian looked like!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Nov 28, 2011 at 05:36 PM]
Very interesting!
Steve E  [Dec 06, 2011 at 10:20 PM]
A pleasing, a-typical portrait of Vespasian!