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Vespasian RIC-520
AR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome Mint, 73 AD
RIC 520 (C). BMC 86. RSC 164.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII CEN; Head of Vespasian, laureate r.
Rev: FIDES PVBL; Clasped hands holding winged caduceus upright, between poppy and corn-ear on either side
Acquired privately from Beast Coins, January 2006.

A reverse type that has many different interpretations. The BMCRE states "the clasped hands symbolize concord, the caduceus commercial prosperity, and the poppy and corn ears for agriculture." The legend FIDES PVBL means the promise of public protection.

Another hard to find reverse type. The above picture is a preliminary dealer picture. The reverse is a bit off center, but the coin is in excellent condition.
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Filename:vesp fides pvbl.JPG
Album name:Vespasian70 / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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File Size:29 KB
Date added:Jan 07, 2006
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rexesq  [Dec 21, 2010 at 05:25 PM]
Looks like a beauty!
Lucas H  [Oct 14, 2014 at 08:00 PM]
for a coi listed as common (C) in the updated RIC, it is a very difficult type to find!