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AR Denarius, 3.59g
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1547 (R2). BMC 498. RSC 588. RPC 1921 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: VICTORIA AVG; Victory stg. r., on globe, with wreath and palm
Ex Nomos Obolos 7, 9 July 2017, lot 313.

An exceptionally rare denarius from Antioch - it is only the eighth known example (the others are: BM, Vienna, Tom Cederlind 2007, Helios 4, Gemini X, CNG E339, Lanz eBay 2017). This left facing portrait is unique in the Antiochene denarius issues, as well as the only appearance of Victory on globe in the series. Butcher and Ponting's metal analysis of the type found a silver bullion content of 99% - a remarkable level of fineness for an imperial or provincial issue at that time. The portrait style is identical to the Antiochene tetradrachms with the left facing portraits and eagle on base reverses struck somewhat contemporaneously in 71-72. This is strong evidence that the same die engravers were producing both imperial and provincial issues at Antioch.

A stunning portrait in ultra-high relief.
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okidoki  [Jul 25, 2017 at 12:23 PM]
Cool coin
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jul 25, 2017 at 12:41 PM]
Lovely Nike on reverse
Nemonater  [Jul 25, 2017 at 10:16 PM]
Just fantastic!
Jay GT4  [Jul 25, 2017 at 10:59 PM]
ancientdave  [Jul 26, 2017 at 04:21 AM]
A really sweet addition! Coingrats!
Randygeki(h2)  [Jul 26, 2017 at 05:45 AM]
Very cool!
maridvnvm  [Jul 28, 2017 at 07:10 AM]
quadrans  [Aug 05, 2017 at 04:15 AM]
Hoops, Great coin indeed
socalcoins  [Nov 12, 2017 at 05:53 PM]