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Vespasian RIC 45
AR Denarius, 3.48g
Rome Mint, 71 AD
RIC 45 (C). BMC 55. RSC 358.
Obv: IMP CAES VES-P AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PON MAX across field; Vesta, draped, hooded, seated l., holding simpulum in extended r. hand, l. hand at side
Acquired from NB Numismatics, April 2007.

The Vesta type represents the religious function of the Emperor. Vespasian seemed to be stressing his priestly duties as chief priest with many of the reverse types of this issue.

A most difficult coin to find with the PON MAX reverse, despite it being a common coin. The TRI POT reverse of this type is far more common, why it is I do not know.

An ordinary coin, a bit off center on the obverse and more so with the reverse. Still it is a decent example of the type.
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Dave A  [Apr 23, 2007 at 05:12 PM]
Nice Vespasian denarius with an interesting portrait.