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Vespasian RIC-841
AR Denarius, 3.60g
Rome Mint, 76 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VII (high in field); Cow stg. r.
RIC 841 (C). BMC 177. RSC 118. BNC 153.
Acquired from Old Roman Coins, March 2004.

A reverse that may be part of Vespasian's agrarian series promoting the agricultural productivity of Italia and his responsibility for it (a sacrificial cow?). Alternatively, Mattingly has conjectured the reverse depicts the famous 'Cow of Myron' that was placed in the Temple of Peace. With many specimens of the type the sex is of the animal is unclear. This one appears to be a cow.

A denarius in good condition and no major flaws. A welcomed addition to the collection.
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