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Vespasian RIC II 1464
Vespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 74 .D. (3.41g, 0 h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and coruncopiae; below throne, annulet; in exergue star. RIC II 1464 (R2).

This is a rare issue from Ephesus with both an annulet and star. The meaning of the marks used in Ephesus remain a mystery. This reverse was contemporaneously used in Rome, but the Ephesus examples used an ornate, high-backed, chair, and Ceres is holding corn ears and poppy compared with a patera in the Rome example on a plain chair.
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David Atherton  [Sep 16, 2014 at 09:00 PM]
A type easily misattributed because of the mint marks on the reverse. Good catch!
SPQR Matt  [Sep 17, 2014 at 02:59 AM]
You can't mistake that Ephesus portrait. A beautiful example!
renegade3220  [Sep 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM]
Fantastic! A fine addition to any collection and surely a keeper. I love these Ephesus mint denarii. The style is much more appealing to me.
quadrans  [Oct 02, 2014 at 03:52 AM]
I agree very nice..
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