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Vespasian RIC II 1557
Vespasian. 69-79 A.D. Antioch Mint. 72-73 A.D. (2.85g, 16.8mm, 6h). Obv: [IMP C]AES VESP AVG PM COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: VICTORIA [AVGVSTIE], Victory stg. r., crowning standard and holding palm. RIC II 1557 (R2), BMC 509, RSC 618. Ex David Atherton.

This is a very scarce Antioch copy of a contemporary Roman issue. The style of the portrait and lettering gives it away as an Antioch issue. While some of the coins of this issue are common, this one is not. Also, some of the reverse types of this issue were issued for Vespasian and Titus, while this reverse is only known for Vespasian thus far.
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David Atherton  [Mar 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM]
The style is the key to attributing this type. I bet this one sat around in someone's collection attributed as the common Rome type. Nice old cabinet toning.
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