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Vespasian RIC-945 Mule
AR Denarius, 3.22g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: COS VI in ex.; Pair of Oxen, under yoke, l.
RIC 945 (R3, this coin). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Celeste Jones Mining, April 2017. Ex CGB Monnaies 21, 18 June 2004, lot 2387.

A unique mint mule with an obverse of Vespasian combined with a reverse from Titus Caesar's parallel issue. Vespasian was COS VIII when the coin was struck in 77/78, so the reverse title is quite impossible. This specimen is cited in RIC, apparently the only one recorded. A combination of a rare left facing Vespasian portrait with the rare yoked oxen type for Titus Caesar makes it unlikely another specimen will turn up any time soon. The yoked oxen reverse copies a Republican denarius struck by L. Cassius Caecianus, Crawford 321/1. Possibly a 'colonist' or general agricultural type.

In very fine condition and good style.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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Date added:Apr 19, 2017
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okidoki  [Apr 19, 2017 at 05:56 AM]
very nice and special Mule
FlaviusDomitianus  [Apr 19, 2017 at 06:46 AM]
It has found it's home, congrats.
Jay GT4  [Apr 19, 2017 at 10:34 AM]
Great piece
Mat  [Apr 19, 2017 at 01:50 PM]
nice find
Nemonater  [Apr 20, 2017 at 08:52 AM]