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∆ Quadrans, 2.31g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 1015 (R). BMC 740A.
Obv: IMP VESPASIAN AVG; Rudder on globe
Rev: P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C in field; Caduceus, winged
Acquired from Numismatica Prada, April 2019.

The quadrans in the early imperial period typically lacked an imperial portrait. Possibly the denomination was deemed so lowly by mint officials that a portrait was considered improper. They were struck haphazardly and functioned primarily as an urban low value coinage in Rome and central Italy. The quadrans was the typical fee for entry into the baths, a urinal, or for a tryst in a cheap brothel. Being of rather low value quadrantes were not typically hoarded and thus are relatively scarce today. The rudder over globe suggests Vespasian's continued steady hand guiding the empire.

Nicely centred and well preserved for the type.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
File Size:139 KB
Date added:Apr 13, 2019
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Mat  [Apr 13, 2019 at 09:02 PM]
A fine addition
Jay GT4  [Apr 13, 2019 at 09:35 PM]
Very nice small change
orfew  [Apr 14, 2019 at 12:10 AM]
Very nice.
quadrans  [Apr 14, 2019 at 07:16 AM]
Nice one
Vincent  [Apr 14, 2019 at 09:41 AM]
Like them myself and have a few in my collection, nice writeup