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Vespasian RIC 21 (2)
AR Denarius, 2.82g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Aequitas, draped, standing l., holding scales in r. hand, transverse rod in l.
RIC 21 (C). BMC 17. RSC 94a. BNC 10.
Acquired from Ars Coin Wein, February 2017.

The coin was likely struck in the early weeks of Vespasian's reign, which would account for the Vitellian-like portrait. The mint's engravers probably did not have a bust of Vespasian to work from and so produced a modified portrait of the previous emperor. With Vespasian still in Egypt, understandably the mint's engravers had a hard time figuring out his portrait ... at least until someone sent a portrait bust to the mint.

Good metal and unusual style.
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Jay GT4  [Mar 09, 2017 at 10:48 AM]
Love these types of early portraits
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