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AR Denarius, 3.24g
Uncertain Western Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 1345 (R2), BMC - , RSC -
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVGVSTV; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: LIBERTAS PVBLICA; Libertas stg. l., with pileus and rod
Ex Pecunem 41, 6 March 2016, lot 675.

Many mints were operating during the civil war of 68/69 in the west and it is sometimes difficult to pin down certain issues to a specific mint. This Libertas type with an unusual AVGVSTV ending the obverse legend is one such coin and was totally unknown until recently. The reverse type suggests Spain, as does the portrait style - which is very similar to the gold and bronze issues from Tarraco. However, RIC notes that this variety of the type has no known Spanish provenance, unlike the other Libertas type (see my V1339) attributed to Spain. The coin's theme is a civil war one and most certainly was struck very early in Vespasian's reign.

A beautiful coin in hand with a spectacular portrait.
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Album name:David Atherton / Vespasian Imperial Silver
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Date added:Mar 15, 2016
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Jay GT4  [Mar 15, 2016 at 03:13 AM]
Great rarity. Never seen one of these!
Mat  [Mar 15, 2016 at 04:51 AM]
Beautiful all around, congrats.
Potator II  [Mar 15, 2016 at 08:40 AM]
Definitely a spectacular portrait, especially on such a rarity !
FlaviusDomitianus  [Mar 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM]
Great coin indeed
okidoki  [Mar 15, 2016 at 08:13 PM]
very nice different Vespasian
Nemonater  [Mar 16, 2016 at 12:19 AM]
Enodia  [Mar 16, 2016 at 03:09 AM]
quite nice. this portrait is very lifelike.
djmacdo  [Mar 19, 2016 at 12:36 PM]
Wow. Totally new to me--and such a nice specimen!