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Vespasian RIC 21 (1)
AR Denarius, 3.36g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Aequitas, draped, standing l., holding scales in r. hand, transverse rod in l.
RIC 21 (C). BMC 17. RSC 94a. BNC 10.
Acquired from Nedao Coins, November 2005.

Vespasian was either in Egypt or on his way to Rome when many of these coins were struck. The die cutters most likely did not have Vespasian's bust to work from and used modified busts of Vitellius.

Believe it or not this is not a common reverse type to find. I had much difficulty in locating one in VF condition and in a style that I found pleasing.
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Noah  [Jan 02, 2010 at 10:44 PM]
nice portrait
Steve E  [Oct 07, 2010 at 04:18 AM]
Nice portrait, excellent background info! Very well done!!!!
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