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Vespasian RIC II 0964
Vespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 77-78 A.D. (3.39g, 19.7m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left with stack of corn ears. RIC II 964, BMC 295, RSC 28. Ex CNG.

A decent example of a more common denarius of Vespasian. Without much wear, the reverse is marred by what has been described as a worn die.

Annona was the divine personification of the grain supply to Rome. She lacks a precedent in the Republic, but became an Imperial propaganda tool reflecting the emperors ability to care for his people by ensuring the grain supply.
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Steve E  [Apr 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM]
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