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Vespasian LXF Countermark
Vespasian. 69-79 A.D. AE Dupondius. Lugdunum Mint. 71 or 72 A.D. (10.93g, 28m, 6h) Obv: IMP C[AESAR V]ESPASIA[N AVG COS III] (1156), radiate head right, globe below. LXF countermark. Rev: SECVRITAS AVGVSTI; SC in ex., Securitas std. r., head resting on raised arm, with sceptre, to r. alter and torch. RIC II 1156 or 1197.

With pertinent portions of the legend obscured, it may be impossible to nail down the exact type. It was for the countermark that I obtained this coin however. Legio X Fretensis played a key role in the Flavian suppression of the Jewish Revolt, and was garrisoned in Jerusalem following the war. This coin traveled a long way from Lugdunum, where it was minted, to Judaea, where it was presumably countermarked.
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