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Vespasian RIC-941
AR Denarius, 3.39g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VIII; Prow r. : above, star of eight rays
RIC 941 (C). BMC 210. RSC 136. BNC 186.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, November 2003. Ex unspecified CNG MBS.

A reverse type which copies one from Marc Antony's coinage.

Obviously a major feature of Vespasian's coinage was his recoining of many past reverse types. I don't think they were chosen at random and many of these must have had some sort of contemporary meaning.

This has always been an intriguing reverse type in my opinion. I'm not quite sure what a star and prow have to do with one another, but they do create an eye appealing reverse design.
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ROMA  [Dec 13, 2007 at 06:57 AM]
Nice find, dont see it often!
*Alex  [Dec 13, 2007 at 09:00 PM]
Very nice find indeed.
Noah  [Aug 15, 2009 at 04:58 PM]
one of the coolest Vespasians you have
carthago  [Nov 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM]
Jay GT4  [Apr 03, 2016 at 08:39 PM]
Such a great coin. I need both the Antony and Flavian examples...
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