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Vespasian RIC-964
AR Denarius, 3.60g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 964 (C2). BMC 295. RSC 28.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona, draped, seated l. on throne, adorned with corn-ears, feet on stool, holding on her lap a sack or corn-ears open, the ties, looped at one end, in her hands

This reverse possibly belongs to a series of coins that outlineD an agricultural programme of the reign. Many other denarii were issued at the same time with a similar 'country' feel to them, notably: the modius reverse, Ceres either seated or standing, sow with piglets, goat-herd milking a she-goat, bull, and the two oxen reverse.

A wonderful coin in excellent condition. The obverse detail is so crisp, I'm inclined to believe that the die was used for aureii too.
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Date added:Sep 08, 2006
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Noah  [Jun 05, 2008 at 12:18 AM]
wonderful coin indeed
Britanikus  [Sep 02, 2018 at 11:54 PM]
Nice sharp Coin