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Vespasian RIC-793
AR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD
RIC 793 (R). BMC 288 var. RSC 614a var.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm
Acquired from CGB, April 2016.

Vespasian revived the quinarius after a long hiatus going back to the time of Augustus. Striking this denomination was quite in keeping with the antiquarian flavour of the Rome mint during the reign. The largest issue of quinarii, of which this coin is part of, was minted in 75. Keeping to tradition, Vespasian employed two Victory types (advancing and seated) for the reverses. They are all quite rare. Dating this undated issue is a little tricky. The quinarii struck before 75 have AVGVSTI in the reverse legend, while those struck after 75 use the shorter AVGVST. This undated issue employs both forms, therefore it fits neatly to 75.

This example is in exceedingly fine condition and style for the series.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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Date added:Apr 14, 2016
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orfew  [Apr 13, 2016 at 11:37 PM]
Great reverse on that coin
Nemonater  [Apr 13, 2016 at 11:40 PM]
A really outstanding piece! Well done!
Jay GT4  [Apr 14, 2016 at 12:29 AM]
What a nose! Great portrait and Victory is amazing.
ancientdave  [Apr 14, 2016 at 03:56 AM]
A wonderful find! Congrats!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 14, 2016 at 05:32 AM]
Nice find, congrats!
Pharsalos  [Apr 14, 2016 at 08:31 PM]
Fantastic example of a rare imperial quinarius! How much does this one weigh?
quadrans  [Apr 15, 2016 at 01:49 AM]
Yes, great coin congratulation..
David Atherton  [Apr 15, 2016 at 10:01 AM]
The weight is 1.41g.
Randygeki(h2)  [Apr 19, 2016 at 12:05 AM]
Fantastic coin!