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Vespasian RIC II 1408-1422 Brockage
Vespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Obverse Brockage Ephesus Mint. 70 A.D. (2.33 g. 17.2 mm, 0 h.). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG CO[S II] TR P P P. Rev: brockage. Incuse, mirror-image reproduction of the obverse portrait and legend. cf. RIC II 1408-1422.

The coin from the previous strike stuck in the reverse die and transferred an obverse image in reverse on the obverse. As common as these coins are, they must not have been considered a major flaw at the mint. There appear to be enough brockage coins around that the defect was not significant enough for remelting the flan.
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Steve E  [Jun 01, 2011 at 09:44 PM]
The true obv. is a very excellent portrait! Very strong, confident and detailed!!! I think there is alot to learn from mint errors and restrikes. Those who do not study the mistakes of the past are bound to repeat them Not that I plan on striking my own coinage, but you get the idea
renegade3220  [Feb 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM]
i really should have snatched this coin up before you did! Well, i hesitated and you beat me to it. Glad it found a nice home. it would look better in my collection though
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