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Vespasian RIC-983
AR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 983 (C). BMC 214. RSC 214.
Obv: CAESAR - VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: IMP XIX in ex.; Sow l., with three young.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, February 2005.

A reverse that is part of the agrarian types of 78 A.D. Peace and prosperity was the norm now. One other theory concerning this type puts forward the idea that the sow and her pigglets represents the X legion based in Judaea because the pig was their symbol; a theory that I believe is stretching a connection too much.

One of my favorite coins. Artistically rendered and very pleasing to the eye with great toning.
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wolfgang336  [Feb 28, 2005 at 02:19 AM]
An absolutely brilliantly executed piece!
Massanutten  [Feb 28, 2005 at 09:35 AM]
Stunning! Congratulations
Potator II  [Jun 30, 2006 at 05:07 AM]
Wonderful !!
ancientcoins  [Jul 09, 2006 at 10:51 AM]
A truly marvelous coin!!!!