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Vespasian RIC II 0942
Vespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.46g, 17.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP [C]AESAR VESP[ASI]ANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: COS VIII, prow right, above, eight pointed start with extra ray between. RIC II 942, BMC 211, RSC 137.

Although an irregularly shaped flan, this specimen is quite thick as the weight shows. Despite the wear on the coin, the devices on the reverse are quite clear, especially on the prow. RIC lists both the left and right facing portraits of this type as equally common, I see far fewer left facing examples. The prow was a reverse type used by Marc Antony, and reintroduced by Vespasian at this time, near the end of his reign.
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Jay GT4  [Jun 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM]
You're right these are tough to find, I have the Antony but only as a fouree
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