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Vespasian RIC-980 (1)
AR Denarius, 2.98g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 216. RSC 216.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing five ears of corn upright and two hanging over the sides
Acquired from Zeus Coins, January 2008.

A propaganda type which assures the Roman people Vespasian will keep them well fed.

I've had the left facing example of this type for a while and thought it was time to get the right facing bust. For some reason the new RIC lists the right facing example as less common than the left facing.

Good metal, standard portrait, and some minor die flaws in the obverse field.
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Noah  [Feb 06, 2008 at 12:53 PM]
another wonderful example of the Flavian dynasty