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Vespasian RIC-852 (1)
AR Denarius, 2.89g
Rome mint, 76 AD
RIC 852 (C). BMC 184A. RSC 373.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VII; Pax, bare to the waist, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand, l. hand on lap
Acquired from Wessex Coins (eBay), February 2017.

This seated Pax type is normally seen with a COS VI date, struck in conjunction with the opening of Vespasian's Temple of Peace in 75 (probably Vespasian's most common denarius type). Here is a fairly rare COS VII seated Pax from 76. The COS VII Pax could not have been struck for any length of time and likely dates to the first few weeks of 76 owing to its rarity. Furthermore, the reverse die appears to be a recut COS VI with an additional 'I', likely placing the piece soon after Vespasian became COS VII on 1 January 76. Perhaps this type was struck as a stop-gap until new reverse designs were produced and approved for the new year. Same reverse die as the RIC 853 plate coin. Although rated as 'common' in RIC this is a very difficult coin to find in trade.

Worn, but in good metal with all the major devices intact. The all important date is easy to read.
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Nemonater  [Feb 21, 2017 at 10:52 PM]
Awesome find, well done!
Nicholas Z  [Feb 22, 2017 at 12:33 AM]
Nice coin, even better write up.
Jay GT4  [Feb 22, 2017 at 01:43 AM]
I'll say it again...when you know what to look for...
Randygeki(h2)  [Feb 22, 2017 at 05:10 AM]
Another sweet find