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Vespasian RIC-545
AR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome Mint, 73 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESP - AVG CEN; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM (r. to l., outwardly); Vespasian, togate, seated r., feet on stool, holding vertical sceptre in r. hand and branch in l.
RIC 545 (C). BMC 98 var. RSC 387a. BNC -.
Acquired from Mike R. Vosper Coins, September 2007.

This is an uncommon obverse legend variant of a very common reverse. Issued in 73 AD, the obverse legend on this coin reads IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN. Normally this type has the obverse legend as IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS.

Not listed in RIC but noted in the BMCRE p. 19.

A very minor variant to be sure, but to a Flavian specialist like myself, this is a wondeful find. The coin itself is a prime example of Early Flavian coinage with some wear.

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