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Vespasian RIC 19 (1)
AR Denarius, 3.17g
Rome mint, January - June 70 AD
RIC 19 (C). BMC 7. RSC 84.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER FORT RED; Fortuna, draped, standing l.,setting r. hand on prow and holding cornucopiae in l. hand
Acquired from Beast Coins, March 2005.

A reverse type that wishes for a safe return of the new emperor Vespasian back to Rome after the end of the Civil war. Fortuna's hand resting on a prow is quite appropriate.

A nice coin marred only by the slightly off center obverse. The die cutters were still finding it difficult to come up with a portrait of the new emperor.
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ancientdave  [Feb 10, 2009 at 04:36 PM]
very nice early style portrait!