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Vespasian RIC-849
AR Denarius, 3.30g
Rome Mint, 76 AD
RIC 849 (C3). BMC 276. RSC 222.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IOVIS CVSTOS; Jupiter, bearded, naked, standing facing, sacrificing out of patera in r. hand over low garlanded altar and holding long vertical sceptre in l.
Acquired from Silenos Coins, eBay, September 2007.

Possibly a reverse that refers to a failed plot against the emperor, Jupiter is scene here as his own worshipper. Similar in theme to the previous Neronian Iuppiter Custos reverse.

A nicely centered denarius with no obvious flaws. A good example of prime Flavian coinage.
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Date added:Sep 23, 2007
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Noah  [Feb 02, 2008 at 01:13 AM]
another nice portrait