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Vespasian-RIC-1431 (Countermarked)
AR Denarius, 3.06g
Ephesus Mint, 71 AD; Countermarked under Vespasian at Ephesus, circa 74-79 AD
RIC 1431 (C). BMC 457. RSC 276. RPC 833 (14 spec.); c/m: GIC 839
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; c/m: IMP∑VES (ligate)
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory, draped, advancing r., holding wreath extended in r. hand and palm over l. shoulder. EPHE lower r.
Acquired from Ancient Imports, November 2016.

In the mid to late 70's AD, Ephesus stamped older, worn Republican and early Imperial denarii circulating in the region with the IMP∑VES countermark. Here is an exceptionally rare appearance of that Vespasian countermark on a denarius struck for Vespasian. I know of less than half a dozen other Vespasianic denarii similarly stamped. Of course the coin does not require any such countermark, therefore it is a remarkable mint error. The terminus post quem for the countermarking is 74, based on the discovery of another Vespasian countermarked Ephesian denarius dated COS IIII (CNG 78, lot 1753). RPC speculates that these countermarked coins represent a later 'issue' of silver from Ephesus struck sometime after 74 and before Vespasian's death in 79.

The mint workers applying the countermark were kind enough not to obliterate the portrait.
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Jay GT4  [Dec 07, 2016 at 10:30 PM]
David this is incredible! What a coin!
Mat  [Dec 07, 2016 at 10:39 PM]
Interesting & nice find!
Sam  [Dec 07, 2016 at 11:55 PM]
Valuable addition.
ancientdave  [Dec 08, 2016 at 01:56 AM]
That is really very cool. What an awesome find! I like to imagine that Vespasian would have had a marvelously funny response were he handed this coin...
FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 08, 2016 at 06:29 AM]
Very interesting coin, congrats!
Nemonater  [Dec 08, 2016 at 08:45 AM]
The first I've ever seen, another great catch!