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Vespasian RIC-848 (1)
AR Denarius, 3.29g
Rome mint, 76 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: COS VII across field; Eagle head l. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
RIC 848 (C). BMC 184. RSC 120. BNC 154.
Acquired from Bart Lewis, February 2004.

The BMCR speculates this reverse commemorates the passing of Mucianus 'the Emperor-maker', the former governor of Syria who helped Vespasian come to power. The eagle is a symbol of the afterlife.

A left facing bust of this type which is a bit scarcer than the right facing one.
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whitetd49  [Oct 12, 2004 at 09:19 AM]
Vespasian as a kindly old man! Nice portrait.
Bobicus  [Oct 13, 2004 at 12:52 PM]
Very Nice, I have one of these in F condition and I've always wondered what the eagle was standing on. Now I know.
Marcus Lepidus  [Jan 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM]
excellent portrait and reverse!
ickster  [Aug 04, 2013 at 08:05 PM]
Veru nice!
Lucas H  [Apr 19, 2015 at 01:57 PM]
I've never see any of this series with the egale reverse with such sharp details on the reverse, and with a left facing portrait too. Excellent.
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