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Vespasian RIC-999
∆ Dupondius, 12.31g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, radiate, l.
Rev: CERES AVGVST; S C in field; Ceres stg. l., with corn ears and poppy and sceptre
RIC 999 (C). BMC 735. BNC 772.
Acquired from Dr. Boris Kaczynski, October 2019.

During the last several years of Vespasian's reign both the precious metal and bronze coinage featured reverse types with agrarian themes. It is not known why there was a special emphasis on such types, perhaps it was an effort to advertise a new agricultural programme. This dupondius features the popular standing Ceres reverse, which was shared with Titus and Domitian and also struck on the gold and the silver. It is one of the most common types from this issue.

Beautiful patina and fine wear.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Nov 08, 2019 at 04:13 PM]
Lovely style.
Jay GT4  [Nov 08, 2019 at 05:56 PM]
Lovely obverse
Vincent  [Nov 09, 2019 at 02:11 PM]
Regal leftie portrait...handsome one at that....nice writeup
Nemonater  [Nov 09, 2019 at 05:47 PM]
A Beauty!