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Vespasian-RIC-1422AC
AR Denarius, 2.64g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue BY
RIC 1422AC (R2). BMC -. RSC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

An unlisted type for Vespasian's Ephesus Group 5 denarii. In the upcoming RIC II addenda this type should be assigned 1422AC. The confronting heads of Titus and Domitian is now the only type not known for this series, which Harry Sneh pointed out to me is likely waiting to be discovered. As far as rarity is concerned - one other example is known, ex Lynn collection, so R2. Both share the same dies.

Not only is this a very rare type, stylistically it is quite stunning. One of the best portraits of Vespasian I've seen on a coin.


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Jay GT4  [Oct 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM]
A jewel!
socalcoins  [Oct 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM]
Very nice!!!
Mat  [Oct 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM]
Lovely piece. Portrait is almost lifelike. Tell me why people collect moderns again?
kc  [Oct 18, 2012 at 01:09 AM]
very nice, David!
Lloyd T  [Oct 18, 2012 at 08:16 AM]
Exceptional portrait on an exceptional coin.
*Alex  [Oct 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM]
Superb!
Potator II  [Oct 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM]
Wow !
Marsman  [Oct 24, 2012 at 04:50 PM]
And WOW again
Sam  [Sep 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM]
Crispy and Stunning Vespasian.