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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius
Obv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

Ex Portuguese Collection, purchased 2019.
Ex A. E. Cahn, Auction 75, 30th May 1932, lot 1017.

Curtis Clay
This example: no. 102d (A139/P184) in Kraays unpublished die catalogue (Cahn 75, 1017).
Other examples of the same dies: BMC 570, Hall 1189, Fitzwilliam 59.

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference Ė here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 22, 2019 at 07:40 PM]
Nice find, early Vespasian sestertii are always rare.
quadrans  [Jun 22, 2019 at 10:28 PM]
wow, great coin,
David Atherton  [Jun 23, 2019 at 12:51 AM]
Exceptional!
Pharsalos  [Jun 23, 2019 at 01:03 AM]
What a portrait, beautiful dies.
Jay GT4  [Aug 04, 2019 at 02:07 PM]
How did I miss this one. Great find