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Vespasian RIC II 052323 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SPQR in oak wreath. RIC II 523, BMC 86a, RSC 517.

This is a good example of a common type with good centering and full clear legends.
2 commentsLucas H10/12/18 at 12:36Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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Vespasian RIC II 143473 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isnít clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas H10/10/15 at 08:53okidoki: very nice excellent details i love it
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Vespasian RIC II 143473 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isnít clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas H10/10/15 at 06:31quadrans: Huuuhhh very nice
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Vespasian RIC II 143473 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isnít clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas H10/09/15 at 03:56ancientdave: A stunning example!
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Vespasian RIC II 143473 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isnít clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas H10/08/15 at 05:28David Atherton: Fantastic.
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Vespasian RIC II 143473 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (3.36g, 17.1m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r; EPE in left field. RIC II 1434 (R); BMC 459; RPC 835.

This reverse type is unique to Ephesus, and identity of the female isnít clear. Mattingly speculates she could be Tyche describing the crown as composed of towers bringing to mind a city, or perhaps Cybele, or Great Mother. The message of peace brought to the world by Vespasian however, is clear. This type with the EPHE to the left of the female, is more scarce that V1433 with EPHE below. Neither Mattingly, nor the authors of RPC distinguish between the types with differing placements of the monogram as Carradice and Buttrey do.

This example is a pleasure in hand. The lettering is sharp on both sides. While the reverse is a bit off center, the details of the figures are well preserved as is the monogram.
5 commentsLucas H10/08/15 at 00:30Jay GT4: Exceptional portraits
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Vespasian RIC II 084752 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse
3 commentsLucas H09/07/15 at 20:11Jay GT4: Awesome!
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Vespasian RIC II 084752 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse
3 commentsLucas H09/07/15 at 19:41quadrans: Very nice portrait and details..
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Vespasian RIC II 084752 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse
3 commentsLucas H09/07/15 at 14:02FlaviusDomitianus: That's a great improvement!
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Vespasian RIC II 096843 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse.

2 commentsLucas H09/01/15 at 21:41Jay GT4: Nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 096843 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.37g, 19.2mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CERES AVGVST, Ceres stg. l. with corn ears and poppy and scepter. RIC II 968, BMC 300, RSC 54.

Ceres was the Roman goddess associated with agriculture and grain crops. This type, mirroring one contemporaneously issued for Titus and Domitian, came with a series echoing agrarian themes.

Despite some wear, this specimen has a wonderfully centered and proportioned obverse.

2 commentsLucas H09/01/15 at 12:37Mat: Nice portrait
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Vespasian RIC II 085058 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 76 A.D. Rome Mint. (3.23g, 20.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Obv: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 554; BMC 279.

This Jupiter reverse was a new type for 76 A.D., and can be dated by obverse die links to dated issues of the year. This left facing example is scarce and is an upgrade for me of a well worn example Iíve had for some time.
4 commentsLucas H08/19/15 at 04:24ancientdave: A great find!
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Vespasian RIC II 085058 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 76 A.D. Rome Mint. (3.23g, 20.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Obv: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 554; BMC 279.

This Jupiter reverse was a new type for 76 A.D., and can be dated by obverse die links to dated issues of the year. This left facing example is scarce and is an upgrade for me of a well worn example Iíve had for some time.
4 commentsLucas H08/14/15 at 14:55okidoki: very nice excellent details i love it
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Vespasian RIC II 085058 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 76 A.D. Rome Mint. (3.23g, 20.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Obv: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 554; BMC 279.

This Jupiter reverse was a new type for 76 A.D., and can be dated by obverse die links to dated issues of the year. This left facing example is scarce and is an upgrade for me of a well worn example Iíve had for some time.
4 commentsLucas H08/14/15 at 11:03David Atherton: Excellent upgrade!
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Vespasian RIC II 085058 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. 76 A.D. Rome Mint. (3.23g, 20.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Obv: IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar and scepter. RIC II 850 (R2). RSC 554; BMC 279.

This Jupiter reverse was a new type for 76 A.D., and can be dated by obverse die links to dated issues of the year. This left facing example is scarce and is an upgrade for me of a well worn example Iíve had for some time.
4 commentsLucas H08/13/15 at 21:13Jay GT4: Very attractive!
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Vespasian RIC II 0964 Legend Error16 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.45g, 17.5mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVS, laureate head right. Rev: AANNONA AVG, Annona std. l. with sack of corn ears. RIC II 964; RSC 28.

Annona is the goddess or personification of the grain supply in Rome. This example has an interesting obverse legend error of ďAVSĒ instead of ďAVG,Ē the second in my collection to save the same letter mix up (V980). The obverse is well centered and has a good portrait of Vespasian as well.
1 commentsLucas H08/08/15 at 19:37Mat: Stunning
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Vespasian RIC II 112040 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyon) Mint. 71 A.D. (3.10g, 17.3mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VEAPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: IVDAEA DEVICTA; Palm tree; to l.m Judaea stg. l., hands bound in front. RIC II 1120; BMC 388; RSC 243.

Celebrating the Flaviansí greatest victory, this Judea Capta type is unique to the Lugdunum mint. While listed as common, all of the issues from Lugdunum are very difficult to find in trade. Compared to the mint at Rome, the portrait relief is high and the lettering is irregular. Roman silver production was moved to Lugdunum after the assassination of Julius Caesar and returned to Rome perhaps during Caligulaís reign. Very few denarii were minted thereafter.
4 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 18:24Jay GT4: Exceptional!
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Vespasian RIC II 146530 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. . Ephesus Mint. 74 A.D. (3.19g, 17.7mm, 0h). Obv: [IMP CAE]SAR VESPAS AVG COS V [TR P P P], laureate head right. Rev: [P]ACI AVGVSTAE (from high right); Victory advancing right; with wreath and palm; at lower l, annulet, at lower r., star. RIC II 1465 (R2).

Due to the death, disruption, and devastation of the Civil War, each of emperors, after Nero, during the Year of Four Emperors used Peace as a theme on their coinage as a theme to try and assure the Romans the carnage was over. The coins from Ephesus with the star and annulet marks are all scarce. While off center on the obverse, this specimen has a well centered reverse. This example also has an interesting 0h die axis.
2 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 18:23Jay GT4: Oh yeah! Nice one
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Vespasian RIC II 112040 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyon) Mint. 71 A.D. (3.10g, 17.3mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VEAPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: IVDAEA DEVICTA; Palm tree; to l.m Judaea stg. l., hands bound in front. RIC II 1120; BMC 388; RSC 243.

Celebrating the Flaviansí greatest victory, this Judea Capta type is unique to the Lugdunum mint. While listed as common, all of the issues from Lugdunum are very difficult to find in trade. Compared to the mint at Rome, the portrait relief is high and the lettering is irregular. Roman silver production was moved to Lugdunum after the assassination of Julius Caesar and returned to Rome perhaps during Caligulaís reign. Very few denarii were minted thereafter.
4 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 14:52Nemonater: Outstanding
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Vespasian RIC II 146530 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. . Ephesus Mint. 74 A.D. (3.19g, 17.7mm, 0h). Obv: [IMP CAE]SAR VESPAS AVG COS V [TR P P P], laureate head right. Rev: [P]ACI AVGVSTAE (from high right); Victory advancing right; with wreath and palm; at lower l, annulet, at lower r., star. RIC II 1465 (R2).

Due to the death, disruption, and devastation of the Civil War, each of emperors, after Nero, during the Year of Four Emperors used Peace as a theme on their coinage as a theme to try and assure the Romans the carnage was over. The coins from Ephesus with the star and annulet marks are all scarce. While off center on the obverse, this specimen has a well centered reverse. This example also has an interesting 0h die axis.
2 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 14:42Mat: Nice addition
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Vespasian RIC II 112040 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyon) Mint. 71 A.D. (3.10g, 17.3mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VEAPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: IVDAEA DEVICTA; Palm tree; to l.m Judaea stg. l., hands bound in front. RIC II 1120; BMC 388; RSC 243.

Celebrating the Flaviansí greatest victory, this Judea Capta type is unique to the Lugdunum mint. While listed as common, all of the issues from Lugdunum are very difficult to find in trade. Compared to the mint at Rome, the portrait relief is high and the lettering is irregular. Roman silver production was moved to Lugdunum after the assassination of Julius Caesar and returned to Rome perhaps during Caligulaís reign. Very few denarii were minted thereafter.
4 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 14:42Mat: Excellent portrait
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Vespasian RIC II 112040 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyon) Mint. 71 A.D. (3.10g, 17.3mm, 5h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VEAPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: IVDAEA DEVICTA; Palm tree; to l.m Judaea stg. l., hands bound in front. RIC II 1120; BMC 388; RSC 243.

Celebrating the Flaviansí greatest victory, this Judea Capta type is unique to the Lugdunum mint. While listed as common, all of the issues from Lugdunum are very difficult to find in trade. Compared to the mint at Rome, the portrait relief is high and the lettering is irregular. Roman silver production was moved to Lugdunum after the assassination of Julius Caesar and returned to Rome perhaps during Caligulaís reign. Very few denarii were minted thereafter.
4 commentsLucas H06/20/15 at 13:41Matt Inglima: Most excellent!
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Vespasian RIC II 143221 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint 71 A.D. (3.15g, 18.3mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. left, with wreath and palm, at lower right EPE. RIC II 1432 (R2).

A scarce issue from the East. This example seems to have a die flaw on the EPE, but otherwise the obverse lettering is strikingly sharp.
1 commentsLucas H05/29/15 at 21:56Jay GT4: great looking coin
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Vespasian RIC II 098036 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.39g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVS, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 980, BMC 216, RSC 216.

Part of Vespasianís agrarian series, this is a solid example of the type. The coin is nicely toned, well centered, and has complete legends. I also like this example as it has a error in the legend with AVS as opposed to AVG on the obverse.
3 commentsLucas H05/06/15 at 05:11ancientdave: Great details and fine toning. A wonderful additio...
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Vespasian RIC II 098377 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77, July- 78, Dec. (3.31g, 18mm, 7hr). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; sow l. with three piglets. RIC II 983, BMC 214, RSC 214. Ex CNG.

A scarce left facing portrait on one of Vespasianís agrarian series. While the updated RIC lists the left facing varieties of the agrarian series as common, they are much more difficult to find than the left. With an oblong flan and wear, this example still has complete legends.
5 commentsLucas H05/05/15 at 03:15hill132: Nice one!
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Vespasian RIC II 094039 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome 77-78A.D. (3.42g, 17.0mm, 6hr). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing l. with spear and trophy and to r., corn ear. RIC II 940 (R), RSC 127, BMC 203 var. Ex Forum.

This type was issued with, and without the corn ear to the right of Mars. The addition of the corn ear fits into the agrarian theme introduced in Vespasianís coinage during the same time period. A well centered example of this type with complete legends.
2 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 13:57Mat: Nice, reverse is just like my roman republic
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Vespasian RIC II 052323 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right. Rev: SPQR in oak wreath. RIC II 523, BMC 86a, RSC 517.

This is a good example of a common type with good centering and full clear legends.
2 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 13:57Mat: Great portrait and cool reverse!
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Vespasian RIC II 098036 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.39g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVS, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 980, BMC 216, RSC 216.

Part of Vespasianís agrarian series, this is a solid example of the type. The coin is nicely toned, well centered, and has complete legends. I also like this example as it has a error in the legend with AVS as opposed to AVG on the obverse.
3 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 04:40quadrans: Nice coin and details..
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Vespasian RIC II 098036 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.39g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVS, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 980, BMC 216, RSC 216.

Part of Vespasianís agrarian series, this is a solid example of the type. The coin is nicely toned, well centered, and has complete legends. I also like this example as it has a error in the legend with AVS as opposed to AVG on the obverse.
3 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 03:28Jay GT4: Very good addition
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Vespasian RIC II 094039 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome 77-78A.D. (3.42g, 17.0mm, 6hr). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing l. with spear and trophy and to r., corn ear. RIC II 940 (R), RSC 127, BMC 203 var. Ex Forum.

This type was issued with, and without the corn ear to the right of Mars. The addition of the corn ear fits into the agrarian theme introduced in Vespasianís coinage during the same time period. A well centered example of this type with complete legends.
2 commentsLucas H05/04/15 at 03:26Jay GT4: I had this one on my watch list!
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Vespasian RIC II 098377 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77, July- 78, Dec. (3.31g, 18mm, 7hr). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; sow l. with three piglets. RIC II 983, BMC 214, RSC 214. Ex CNG.

A scarce left facing portrait on one of Vespasianís agrarian series. While the updated RIC lists the left facing varieties of the agrarian series as common, they are much more difficult to find than the left. With an oblong flan and wear, this example still has complete legends.
5 commentsLucas H04/25/15 at 16:54ancientdave: Love this one!
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Vespasian RIC II 098377 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77, July- 78, Dec. (3.31g, 18mm, 7hr). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; sow l. with three piglets. RIC II 983, BMC 214, RSC 214. Ex CNG.

A scarce left facing portrait on one of Vespasianís agrarian series. While the updated RIC lists the left facing varieties of the agrarian series as common, they are much more difficult to find than the left. With an oblong flan and wear, this example still has complete legends.
5 commentsLucas H04/25/15 at 15:11okidoki: nice coin
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Vespasian RIC II 1427 Variant63 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.98g, 17.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG in oak wreath (no mark). RIC II 1427 Varian.

The interest in this coin is its identity. The Ephesus mint issued the AVG in an oak wreath with EPHE, V1427. I have carefully examined this coin in various types of light, with, and without a loop and other types of magnification. The tassel above the bottom of the wreath is clearly visible and not that worn, and any issue mark would likely be visible in that area. It is my opinion there is no mint or issue mark on this coin.

David Atherton, another Flavian collector at the Forum has a Vespasian 1429 with no mint mark and a Titus as Caesar V1444 with no mint mark as well making it possible there was a series in Ephesus in 71 A.D. without the marks.
3 commentsLucas H04/21/15 at 12:03David Atherton: 1427 var. will suffice until C&B assign it 1427A o...
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Vespasian RIC II 1427 Variant63 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.98g, 17.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG in oak wreath (no mark). RIC II 1427 Varian.

The interest in this coin is its identity. The Ephesus mint issued the AVG in an oak wreath with EPHE, V1427. I have carefully examined this coin in various types of light, with, and without a loop and other types of magnification. The tassel above the bottom of the wreath is clearly visible and not that worn, and any issue mark would likely be visible in that area. It is my opinion there is no mint or issue mark on this coin.

David Atherton, another Flavian collector at the Forum has a Vespasian 1429 with no mint mark and a Titus as Caesar V1444 with no mint mark as well making it possible there was a series in Ephesus in 71 A.D. without the marks.
3 commentsLucas H04/21/15 at 10:42Lucas H: okay. I misunderstood your email when we were dis...
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Vespasian RIC II 1427 Variant63 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.98g, 17.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG in oak wreath (no mark). RIC II 1427 Varian.

The interest in this coin is its identity. The Ephesus mint issued the AVG in an oak wreath with EPHE, V1427. I have carefully examined this coin in various types of light, with, and without a loop and other types of magnification. The tassel above the bottom of the wreath is clearly visible and not that worn, and any issue mark would likely be visible in that area. It is my opinion there is no mint or issue mark on this coin.

David Atherton, another Flavian collector at the Forum has a Vespasian 1429 with no mint mark and a Titus as Caesar V1444 with no mint mark as well making it possible there was a series in Ephesus in 71 A.D. without the marks.
3 commentsLucas H04/20/15 at 11:24David Atherton: Has this coin been assigned "1427A" by Carradice a...
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Vespasian RIC II 098377 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77, July- 78, Dec. (3.31g, 18mm, 7hr). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; sow l. with three piglets. RIC II 983, BMC 214, RSC 214. Ex CNG.

A scarce left facing portrait on one of Vespasianís agrarian series. While the updated RIC lists the left facing varieties of the agrarian series as common, they are much more difficult to find than the left. With an oblong flan and wear, this example still has complete legends.
5 commentsLucas H04/07/15 at 01:36Jay GT4: Great one
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Vespasian RIC II 098377 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 77, July- 78, Dec. (3.31g, 18mm, 7hr). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; sow l. with three piglets. RIC II 983, BMC 214, RSC 214. Ex CNG.

A scarce left facing portrait on one of Vespasianís agrarian series. While the updated RIC lists the left facing varieties of the agrarian series as common, they are much more difficult to find than the left. With an oblong flan and wear, this example still has complete legends.
5 commentsLucas H04/06/15 at 23:30Mat: Wonderful piece
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Vespasian RIC II 142723 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint 71 A.D. (3.13g, 16.4mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: AVG and EPHE in oak wreath. RIC II 1427, RPC II 8129, RSC 40. Ex CNG.

Although the reverse of this coin is off center, neither side of the coin shows much wear. With a tight flan, itís amazing the obverse legend is complete. While nice, it is also a very shiny coin with no signs of toning. This is my first coin from Ephesus with a "mintmark."
1 commentsLucas H01/31/15 at 12:14Pharsalos: Lovely example
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Vespasian RIC II 146450 viewsVespasian. 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.
4 commentsLucas H10/02/14 at 04:52quadrans: I agree very nice..
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Vespasian RIC II 146450 viewsVespasian. 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.
4 commentsLucas H09/18/14 at 12:02renegade3220: Fantastic! A fine addition to any collection and ...
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Vespasian RIC II 146450 viewsVespasian. 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.
4 commentsLucas H09/17/14 at 03:59SPQR Matt: You can't mistake that Ephesus portrait. A be...
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Vespasian RIC II 146450 viewsVespasian. 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.
4 commentsLucas H09/16/14 at 22:00David Atherton: A type easily misattributed because of the mint ma...
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Vespasian RIC II 1422C51 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (2.59g, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears, poppy, and cornucopiae, in exergue, BY in monogram. RIC 1422C.

This type was unknown when updated RIC was published, but a few have surfaced since. There are two more in private collections here at the forum, and at least two others as well. In the upcoming addendum to the RIC, this type is tentatively assigned 1422C.
5 commentsLucas H08/10/14 at 21:29David Atherton: Glad you got one!
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Vespasian RIC II 1422C51 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (2.59g, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears, poppy, and cornucopiae, in exergue, BY in monogram. RIC 1422C.

This type was unknown when updated RIC was published, but a few have surfaced since. There are two more in private collections here at the forum, and at least two others as well. In the upcoming addendum to the RIC, this type is tentatively assigned 1422C.
5 commentsLucas H08/10/14 at 21:18renegade3220: Nice job Lucas! That actually makes 4 know exampl...
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Vespasian RIC II 1422C51 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (2.59g, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears, poppy, and cornucopiae, in exergue, BY in monogram. RIC 1422C.

This type was unknown when updated RIC was published, but a few have surfaced since. There are two more in private collections here at the forum, and at least two others as well. In the upcoming addendum to the RIC, this type is tentatively assigned 1422C.
5 commentsLucas H08/10/14 at 13:58Mat: Great find
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Vespasian RIC II 1422C51 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (2.59g, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears, poppy, and cornucopiae, in exergue, BY in monogram. RIC 1422C.

This type was unknown when updated RIC was published, but a few have surfaced since. There are two more in private collections here at the forum, and at least two others as well. In the upcoming addendum to the RIC, this type is tentatively assigned 1422C.
5 commentsLucas H08/10/14 at 13:44Jay GT4: Sweet!
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Vespasian RIC II 1422C51 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint. 71 A.D. (2.59g, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears, poppy, and cornucopiae, in exergue, BY in monogram. RIC 1422C.

This type was unknown when updated RIC was published, but a few have surfaced since. There are two more in private collections here at the forum, and at least two others as well. In the upcoming addendum to the RIC, this type is tentatively assigned 1422C.
5 commentsLucas H08/10/14 at 13:07FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find.
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Vespasian RIC II 141444 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (2.64g, 17.3mm, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG and symbol in oak wreath. RIC II 1414 (R3).

When the RIC II was updated, this type was only known by one example. Since, a couple of others have surfaced including another at CNG, and one in a private collection displayed in a Forum gallery to which mine is a reverse die match. This could be the fourth known specimen of this type. It pays to know your symbols in these series as this was listed by the seller as RIC 1408, a more common issue.
3 commentsLucas H11/04/13 at 19:06quadrans: I agree very nice example..
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Vespasian RIC II 141444 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (2.64g, 17.3mm, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG and symbol in oak wreath. RIC II 1414 (R3).

When the RIC II was updated, this type was only known by one example. Since, a couple of others have surfaced including another at CNG, and one in a private collection displayed in a Forum gallery to which mine is a reverse die match. This could be the fourth known specimen of this type. It pays to know your symbols in these series as this was listed by the seller as RIC 1408, a more common issue.
3 commentsLucas H11/04/13 at 12:05David Atherton: Glad you got one!
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Vespasian RIC II 141444 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (2.64g, 17.3mm, 7h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: AVG and symbol in oak wreath. RIC II 1414 (R3).

When the RIC II was updated, this type was only known by one example. Since, a couple of others have surfaced including another at CNG, and one in a private collection displayed in a Forum gallery to which mine is a reverse die match. This could be the fourth known specimen of this type. It pays to know your symbols in these series as this was listed by the seller as RIC 1408, a more common issue.
3 commentsLucas H11/04/13 at 11:52FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/24/13 at 11:12Lucas H: Thanks David, you saved me from buying a fake last...
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/22/13 at 17:22David Atherton: Decent example of the type. I know how hard you lo...
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/22/13 at 15:26Jay GT4: I've been looking for one myself. This is a r...
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/22/13 at 12:25Steve E: Nice one! Having three emperors on the same coin i...
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/22/13 at 12:06Legatus: Nice! Hard to find in decent shape.
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Vespasian RIC II 001664 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 70 A.D., Jan.-June. (3.21g, 18mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus, bare, right, and Domitian, bare, left, confronting. RIC II 16 (R). BMC 2. RSC 5.

Not surprisingly, his sons and the conquest of Judaea were the first issues addressed in Vespasianís precious metal coinage. I have really wanted one of these early, dynastic types, for my collection. Although listed as rare (R) by the RIC they are out there. It was just a function of finding the right balance between condition and budget which this example managed for me.
6 commentsLucas H10/22/13 at 11:39FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example!
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Vespasian RIC II 068624 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 74 A.D. (3.36g, 19.5mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Caduceus, winged. RIC II 686 (R), BMC 146, RSC 366.

Although undated, this series falls into the dated issues of 74 A.D. (COS V) with the obverse legend used. Although the caduceus is a new type for Vespasian in this year, it was previously used by Augustus. While worn, this specimen has full legends.
1 commentsLucas H10/16/13 at 20:30Jay GT4: Pleasant example
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Vespasian RIC II 141155 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (3.14g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian, veiled, togate, stg. front, heads l. each with patera; in exergue, Ɵ. RIC II 1411 (R), BMC 443, RSC 249.

This example of a scarce Vespasian from Ephesus has striking weakness on the obverse, but the reverse is quite nice with the issue mark, Ɵ, clear on in the exergue. Vespasian acted early to promote his two sons as successors. The issue marks from Ephesus remain one of the mysteries of Flavian coinage.
3 commentsLucas H10/05/13 at 17:32Paddy: Look at the toga on the figure to the right on rev...
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Vespasian RIC II 106925 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 79 A.D. to June 24. (3.23g, 18.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII, Victory standing left, placing shield on trophy; below captive standing left. RIC II 1069 (R), RSC 553, BMC 248.

A scarce left facing example of an issue from Vespasianís final months. This same reverse was used by Titus for one of the divus Vespasian series. While worn, this example is well centered with full legends.
1 commentsLucas H10/02/13 at 22:22Jay GT4: Excellent!
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Vespasian RIC II 141155 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (3.14g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian, veiled, togate, stg. front, heads l. each with patera; in exergue, Ɵ. RIC II 1411 (R), BMC 443, RSC 249.

This example of a scarce Vespasian from Ephesus has striking weakness on the obverse, but the reverse is quite nice with the issue mark, Ɵ, clear on in the exergue. Vespasian acted early to promote his two sons as successors. The issue marks from Ephesus remain one of the mysteries of Flavian coinage.
3 commentsLucas H08/21/13 at 01:42Nemonater: I love the reverse, excellent coin.
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Vespasian RIC II 141155 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 70 A.D. (3.14g, 19mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian, veiled, togate, stg. front, heads l. each with patera; in exergue, Ɵ. RIC II 1411 (R), BMC 443, RSC 249.

This example of a scarce Vespasian from Ephesus has striking weakness on the obverse, but the reverse is quite nice with the issue mark, Ɵ, clear on in the exergue. Vespasian acted early to promote his two sons as successors. The issue marks from Ephesus remain one of the mysteries of Flavian coinage.
3 commentsLucas H08/18/13 at 18:04ancientdave: A wonderful coin! Nice detail, with really fine ea...
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Vespasian RIC II 106535 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. to 24 June. (3.38g, 18.3m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII, statute of radiate male figure (Sol?) with spear and parazonium, on rostral column. RIC II 1065 (R), BMC 254, RSC 559. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This was among Vespasianís last issue of denarii prior to his death. The rostral column is usually associated with a great military victory. Mattingly supposes this denarius shows the colossus, with the features of Nero or Titus, which was erected in 75 A.D. Recent scholarship questions if the figure isnít Sol. This specimen has a broad flan, a full weight, and complete legends.
2 commentsLucas H08/03/13 at 19:23Paddy: That's really a kind of reverse I'd like t...
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Vespasian RIC II 094240 viewsVespasian 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.
1 commentsLucas H06/29/13 at 11:40Jay GT4: You're right these are tough to find, I have t...
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Vespasian RIC II 145357 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 73 A.D. (late). (2.69g, 19.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS IIII TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and coruncopiae; in exergue, star. RIC II 1453 (R2); RPC 850.

Very few of the Ephesus denarii are classified as common in the updated RIC, but those with COS IIII are exceedingly rare. Of three denarii types know with COS IIII, all but this type are R3 (only one example known to the authors at the time of publication). This is the only one of this series I've seen outside the RIC II plate coin and another in a personal collection here at the Forum. Given its scarcity, I was surprised mine was not an obverse or reverse die match to that plate coin.

The Concordia reverse was contemporaneously used in Rome, but the Ephesus examples used an ornate, high-backed, chair, and she is holding corn ears and poppy compared with a patera in the Rome example on a plain chair. Despite some wear, this coin has full legends and devices on a large flan. The portrait is also the high relief typical of coins minted in Ephesus.
2 commentsLucas H06/26/13 at 14:46David Atherton: Nice indeed!
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Vespasian RIC II 145357 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint. 73 A.D. (late). (2.69g, 19.9mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS IIII TR PPP, laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres std. l. on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and coruncopiae; in exergue, star. RIC II 1453 (R2); RPC 850.

Very few of the Ephesus denarii are classified as common in the updated RIC, but those with COS IIII are exceedingly rare. Of three denarii types know with COS IIII, all but this type are R3 (only one example known to the authors at the time of publication). This is the only one of this series I've seen outside the RIC II plate coin and another in a personal collection here at the Forum. Given its scarcity, I was surprised mine was not an obverse or reverse die match to that plate coin.

The Concordia reverse was contemporaneously used in Rome, but the Ephesus examples used an ornate, high-backed, chair, and she is holding corn ears and poppy compared with a patera in the Rome example on a plain chair. Despite some wear, this coin has full legends and devices on a large flan. The portrait is also the high relief typical of coins minted in Ephesus.
2 commentsLucas H06/26/13 at 02:33Jay GT4: Nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 106620 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. (3.01g, 18.7mm, 6 hr.) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: TR POT X COX VIIII, statue of radiate male figure (sol?) with spear and parazonium, on rostral column. RIC II 1066 (R) . Ex CNG.

As Vespasianís death came in June 24, 79 A.D., this is among his last issue. A rostral column is a monumental column typically to commemorate a great military victory. The obverse has a complete legend. But for a soft strike from 9:00 until 11:00, the reverse is almost as nice. Not much wear on the highest points of either side, this coin is in good condition.
1 commentsLucas H06/19/13 at 21:17Jay GT4: 5*
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/27/13 at 20:40quadrans: I agree very nice ...
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/26/13 at 15:09ancientdave: Fantastic coin!
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/26/13 at 00:38Bud Stewart: Beautiful. I love the victory!
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/25/13 at 16:36Mat: Very cool addition lucus
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/25/13 at 15:49SPQR Matt: Very impressive, I love it!
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Vespasian RIC II 134057 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Uncertain Spanish Mint. 69-70 A.D. (3.39g, 18.9mm, 0h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS [AVG], laureate head left. Rev: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI, Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm. RIC II 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630.

In the original RIC and BMCRE, this series was assigned to Tarraco, but the coins have distinctive characteristics that separate them from that issue. In the revised RIC, they are assigned to an uncertain Spanish mint. This attribution is ďfluidĒ however pending further research and potential die link studies.
6 commentsLucas H05/25/13 at 15:09FlaviusDomitianus: Interesting coin and nice unusual portrait. Congra...
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Vespasian RIC II 155731 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Antioch Mint. 72-73 A.D. (2.85g, 16.8mm, 6h). Obv: [IMP C]AES VESP AVG PM COS IIII, laureate head right. Rev: VICTORIA [AVGVSTIE], Victory stg. r., crowning standard and holding palm. RIC II 1557 (R2), BMC 509, RSC 618. Ex David Atherton.

This is a very scarce Antioch copy of a contemporary Roman issue. The style of the portrait and lettering gives it away as an Antioch issue. While some of the coins of this issue are common, this one is not. Also, some of the reverse types of this issue were issued for Vespasian and Titus, while this reverse is only known for Vespasian thus far.
1 commentsLucas H03/06/13 at 12:03David Atherton: The style is the key to attributing this type. I b...
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Vespasian RIC II 155441 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Antioch Mint. 72-73 A.D. (3.19g, 17.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM [COS IIII], laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI, Concordia std. l. with patera and cornucopiae. RIC II 1554 (R2), BMC 505, RSC 74. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A rare issue from Antioch copying an earlier type from Rome. Many of the denarii from Antioch are very rare, and some are misattributed to the Rome mint, but the distinct portrait and lettering styles can give them away as a product of Antioch. This example has a typical portrait and well centered reverse.
2 commentsLucas H01/27/13 at 21:35David Atherton: Unusual portrait here. Very mich like those of Tit...
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Vespasian RIC II 155441 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Antioch Mint. 72-73 A.D. (3.19g, 17.6m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM [COS IIII], laureate head right. Rev: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI, Concordia std. l. with patera and cornucopiae. RIC II 1554 (R2), BMC 505, RSC 74. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

A rare issue from Antioch copying an earlier type from Rome. Many of the denarii from Antioch are very rare, and some are misattributed to the Rome mint, but the distinct portrait and lettering styles can give them away as a product of Antioch. This example has a typical portrait and well centered reverse.
2 commentsLucas H01/27/13 at 19:11Jay GT4: Good catch
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Vespasian RIC II 106535 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 79 A.D. to 24 June. (3.38g, 18.3m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: TR POT X COS VIIII, statute of radiate male figure (Sol?) with spear and parazonium, on rostral column. RIC II 1065 (R), BMC 254, RSC 559. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

This was among Vespasianís last issue of denarii prior to his death. The rostral column is usually associated with a great military victory. Mattingly supposes this denarius shows the colossus, with the features of Nero or Titus, which was erected in 75 A.D. Recent scholarship questions if the figure isnít Sol. This specimen has a broad flan, a full weight, and complete legends.
2 commentsLucas H01/27/13 at 17:37Jay GT4: Really like this one!
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Vespasian RIC II 000550 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 21 Dec. 69 A.D.-early 70 A.D. (3.19g, 17.6m, 6h) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AV[G], laureate head r. Rev: TITUS ET DOMIT[IAN CA]ES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched. RIC II 5 (R), BMC p. 7, RSC 539. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Vespasian acted early to establish his sons as his successors as this denarius from his first issue at Rome shows. Worn, but well centered, this is a scarce denarius to find.
2 commentsLucas H01/25/13 at 21:26David Atherton: Another extremely rare early type. I haven't s...
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Vespasian RIC II 0006107 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 21 Dec. 69 A.D.-early 70 A.D. (3.17g, 17.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR [VESPASIAN]VS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian std. l. on curule chairs, with branches. RIC II 6 (R), BMC 45, RSC 541. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Another dynastic type from the first months of Vespasianís reign and his from his first series of denarii at Rome. His victory over Judaea and establishing his sons as his successors were Vespasianís first priorities with his minting authority.
3 commentsLucas H01/25/13 at 21:23David Atherton: Solid example of a VERY rare type. Well done!
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Vespasian RIC II 0006107 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 21 Dec. 69 A.D.-early 70 A.D. (3.17g, 17.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR [VESPASIAN]VS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian std. l. on curule chairs, with branches. RIC II 6 (R), BMC 45, RSC 541. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Another dynastic type from the first months of Vespasianís reign and his from his first series of denarii at Rome. His victory over Judaea and establishing his sons as his successors were Vespasianís first priorities with his minting authority.
3 commentsLucas H01/25/13 at 16:29ancientdave: Great example of a wonderful reverse type!
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Vespasian RIC II 0006107 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 21 Dec. 69 A.D.-early 70 A.D. (3.17g, 17.5m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR [VESPASIAN]VS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian std. l. on curule chairs, with branches. RIC II 6 (R), BMC 45, RSC 541. Ex. Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Another dynastic type from the first months of Vespasianís reign and his from his first series of denarii at Rome. His victory over Judaea and establishing his sons as his successors were Vespasianís first priorities with his minting authority.
3 commentsLucas H01/25/13 at 14:19Aarmale: Very bold, attractive!
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Vespasian RIC II 000550 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint. 21 Dec. 69 A.D.-early 70 A.D. (3.19g, 17.6m, 6h) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AV[G], laureate head r. Rev: TITUS ET DOMIT[IAN CA]ES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched. RIC II 5 (R), BMC p. 7, RSC 539. Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

Vespasian acted early to establish his sons as his successors as this denarius from his first issue at Rome shows. Worn, but well centered, this is a scarce denarius to find.
2 commentsLucas H01/25/13 at 13:05SPQR Coins: Excellent find, congrats!
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Vespasian RIC II 097756 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint, July, 77 A.D.-Dec. 78A.D. (2.95g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; Goatherd seated left, milking goat left. RIC II 977 (R), BMC 220, RSC 220.

A scarce reverse from Vespasianís agricultural series. While worn, the reverse legend is complete, and the goatherd and his goat are clearly visible.

4 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 21:46David Atherton: Good example of this most rare type.
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Vespasian RIC II 077647 viewsVespasian. 69-79A.D. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.38g, 19.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory stg. l. on cista mystica flanked by snakes. RIC II 776 (R), BMC 169, RSC 369. Ex CNG.

The silver issues of Ephesus seem to have ended in 74 A.D., and this type may have been minted in Rome for circulation in the east. This was a new type for the Flavians, but again, a resurrection type of older coins. This example is worn, but a wonderfully full flan and full weight as well.
2 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 14:25Mat: Wonderful!
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Vespasian RIC II 097756 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint, July, 77 A.D.-Dec. 78A.D. (2.95g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; Goatherd seated left, milking goat left. RIC II 977 (R), BMC 220, RSC 220.

A scarce reverse from Vespasianís agricultural series. While worn, the reverse legend is complete, and the goatherd and his goat are clearly visible.

4 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 14:23Mat: Already mentioned on facebook but a great addition...
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Vespasian RIC II 077647 viewsVespasian. 69-79A.D. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.38g, 19.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory stg. l. on cista mystica flanked by snakes. RIC II 776 (R), BMC 169, RSC 369. Ex CNG.

The silver issues of Ephesus seem to have ended in 74 A.D., and this type may have been minted in Rome for circulation in the east. This was a new type for the Flavians, but again, a resurrection type of older coins. This example is worn, but a wonderfully full flan and full weight as well.
2 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 14:13FlaviusDomitianus: Vey nice, strong portrait.
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Vespasian RIC II 097756 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint, July, 77 A.D.-Dec. 78A.D. (2.95g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; Goatherd seated left, milking goat left. RIC II 977 (R), BMC 220, RSC 220.

A scarce reverse from Vespasianís agricultural series. While worn, the reverse legend is complete, and the goatherd and his goat are clearly visible.

4 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 14:09Julianus of Pannonia: Cool type!
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Vespasian RIC II 097756 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint, July, 77 A.D.-Dec. 78A.D. (2.95g, 19.1m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: IMP XIX in exergue; Goatherd seated left, milking goat left. RIC II 977 (R), BMC 220, RSC 220.

A scarce reverse from Vespasianís agricultural series. While worn, the reverse legend is complete, and the goatherd and his goat are clearly visible.

4 commentsLucas H12/01/12 at 13:59SPQR Coins: Great reverse!
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Vespasian RIC II T0359b102 viewsVespasian memorial under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.37g, 19.1m, 5h). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Obv: Column mounted with shield and topped by urn, flanked by two laurels, in field EX, on shield SC. RIC II T359b.

In the catalog, RIC assigns one number to this type, Titus 359. However, a footnote explains that the EX is commonly on the sides of the column, but less frequently on either side of the urn. In the plates, both are shown as assigned a and b.

Iíve been looking for this type with the EX on either side of the urn for a long time, and finally came across one.
1 commentsLucas H11/30/12 at 14:27Mat: Nice addtion
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Vespasian RIC II 155853 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (2.94 g., 15.5m, 6h). Obv: [IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII], laureate head right. Rev: Palm tree, to left, Vespasian standing right with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet, to right, Judaea standing right. RIC II 1558. Ex CNG.

A Judaea Capta type from the Syrian mint of Antioch, this type shows the typical high relief portrait of that mint. The palm represents the Roman province of Judaea, and this coin commemorates the Flavianís greatest victory, that over Judaea in 70 A.D., a theme that pervaded the reigns of Vespasian and Titus.
3 commentsLucas H08/04/12 at 07:47kc: this one I would like to have.
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Vespasian RIC II 000456 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint Dec. 69 A.D. to early 70 A.D. (3.28g, 16.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: IVDAEA in ex., Judaea seated r, hands bound behind back to r. of palm tree. RIC II 4, R, BMC 43, RSC 229. Ex David Atherton.

Among the first issues for the new emperor, this coin shows Vespasianís greatest victory, that of the Jewish War. This coin is less common that the type with Judea next to a trophy, and the palm also a symbol of Judaea. This specimen has a tight flan, but good detail on the reverse. This was issued before Vespasianís arrival in Rome from Egypt when the die engravers were still at a loss for his true appearance.
5 commentsLucas H05/26/12 at 21:53David Atherton: This indeed is a wonderful coin. It is very diific...
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Vespasian RIC II 000456 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint Dec. 69 A.D. to early 70 A.D. (3.28g, 16.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: IVDAEA in ex., Judaea seated r, hands bound behind back to r. of palm tree. RIC II 4, R, BMC 43, RSC 229. Ex David Atherton.

Among the first issues for the new emperor, this coin shows Vespasianís greatest victory, that of the Jewish War. This coin is less common that the type with Judea next to a trophy, and the palm also a symbol of Judaea. This specimen has a tight flan, but good detail on the reverse. This was issued before Vespasianís arrival in Rome from Egypt when the die engravers were still at a loss for his true appearance.
5 commentsLucas H05/26/12 at 17:45Steve E: Nice addition, great background!
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Vespasian RIC II 000456 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint Dec. 69 A.D. to early 70 A.D. (3.28g, 16.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: IVDAEA in ex., Judaea seated r, hands bound behind back to r. of palm tree. RIC II 4, R, BMC 43, RSC 229. Ex David Atherton.

Among the first issues for the new emperor, this coin shows Vespasianís greatest victory, that of the Jewish War. This coin is less common that the type with Judea next to a trophy, and the palm also a symbol of Judaea. This specimen has a tight flan, but good detail on the reverse. This was issued before Vespasianís arrival in Rome from Egypt when the die engravers were still at a loss for his true appearance.
5 commentsLucas H05/26/12 at 15:30SPQR Coins: A very nice example of a rare type. Congratulatio...
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Vespasian RIC II 000456 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint Dec. 69 A.D. to early 70 A.D. (3.28g, 16.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: IVDAEA in ex., Judaea seated r, hands bound behind back to r. of palm tree. RIC II 4, R, BMC 43, RSC 229. Ex David Atherton.

Among the first issues for the new emperor, this coin shows Vespasianís greatest victory, that of the Jewish War. This coin is less common that the type with Judea next to a trophy, and the palm also a symbol of Judaea. This specimen has a tight flan, but good detail on the reverse. This was issued before Vespasianís arrival in Rome from Egypt when the die engravers were still at a loss for his true appearance.
5 commentsLucas H05/26/12 at 15:19Aarmale: Great new addition!
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Vespasian RIC II 000456 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Rome Mint Dec. 69 A.D. to early 70 A.D. (3.28g, 16.7m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head r. Rev: IVDAEA in ex., Judaea seated r, hands bound behind back to r. of palm tree. RIC II 4, R, BMC 43, RSC 229. Ex David Atherton.

Among the first issues for the new emperor, this coin shows Vespasianís greatest victory, that of the Jewish War. This coin is less common that the type with Judea next to a trophy, and the palm also a symbol of Judaea. This specimen has a tight flan, but good detail on the reverse. This was issued before Vespasianís arrival in Rome from Egypt when the die engravers were still at a loss for his true appearance.
5 commentsLucas H05/26/12 at 15:13Legatus: Nice coin, Lucas
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Vespasian RIC II 140445 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D. (2.97g, 17.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian veiled, togate, standing front, heads left, each with patera, sideways ɸ in exergue. RIC II 1404 (R).

The reverse inscription roughly translates as ďthe children of the Emperor Augustus Vespasian.Ē Vespasian acted early to establish his sons as his successors as shown by this example minted in his first year as Emperor. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship.
3 commentsLucas H04/29/12 at 03:17ancientdave: Nice one!
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Vespasian RIC II 140445 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D. (2.97g, 17.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian veiled, togate, standing front, heads left, each with patera, sideways ɸ in exergue. RIC II 1404 (R).

The reverse inscription roughly translates as ďthe children of the Emperor Augustus Vespasian.Ē Vespasian acted early to establish his sons as his successors as shown by this example minted in his first year as Emperor. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship.
3 commentsLucas H04/28/12 at 21:23David Atherton: Great coin!
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Vespasian RIC II 096632 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint, 77-78 A.D. (3.25g, 19.2m, 6h). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left with stack of corn ears. RIC II 966 (R), BMC 298, RSC 30.

Minted in conjunction with an agricultural series, Annona served as an Imperial propaganda tool reflecting the emperorís ability to care for his people by ensuring the grain supply.

Annona is one of the most common of the reverses from this series, but not with the left facing portrait, which as always, are much less frequent.
1 commentsLucas H04/28/12 at 18:22Steve E: Nice lefty! The counter-clockwise legends always i...
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Vespasian RIC II 096425 viewsVespasian. 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 emperorís ability to care for his people by ensuring the grain supply.
1 commentsLucas H04/28/12 at 18:19Steve E: An old soldier's portrait!
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Vespasian RIC II 140445 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D. (2.97g, 17.4m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian veiled, togate, standing front, heads left, each with patera, sideways ɸ in exergue. RIC II 1404 (R).

The reverse inscription roughly translates as ďthe children of the Emperor Augustus Vespasian.Ē Vespasian acted early to establish his sons as his successors as shown by this example minted in his first year as Emperor. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship.
3 commentsLucas H04/28/12 at 18:10Steve E: Regal portrait!
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H03/08/12 at 18:24kc: Great portrait, Lucas!
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Vespasian RIC II 155853 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (2.94 g., 15.5m, 6h). Obv: [IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII], laureate head right. Rev: Palm tree, to left, Vespasian standing right with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet, to right, Judaea standing right. RIC II 1558. Ex CNG.

A Judaea Capta type from the Syrian mint of Antioch, this type shows the typical high relief portrait of that mint. The palm represents the Roman province of Judaea, and this coin commemorates the Flavianís greatest victory, that over Judaea in 70 A.D., a theme that pervaded the reigns of Vespasian and Titus.
3 commentsLucas H02/29/12 at 01:12Randygeki(h2): indeed, cool addition!
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Vespasian RIC II 155853 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Antioch Mint 72-73 A.D. (2.94 g., 15.5m, 6h). Obv: [IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII], laureate head right. Rev: Palm tree, to left, Vespasian standing right with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet, to right, Judaea standing right. RIC II 1558. Ex CNG.

A Judaea Capta type from the Syrian mint of Antioch, this type shows the typical high relief portrait of that mint. The palm represents the Roman province of Judaea, and this coin commemorates the Flavianís greatest victory, that over Judaea in 70 A.D., a theme that pervaded the reigns of Vespasian and Titus.
3 commentsLucas H02/28/12 at 11:14David Atherton: Nice detail on the reverse.
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/26/12 at 21:49Randygeki(h2): Cool style, and great addition!
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Vespasian RIC II 068131 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 74 A.D. (2.90g, 21.1m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS V across field between two laurel trees. RIC II 681, BMC 133, RSC 110.

Despite the odd shaped flan, I like this coin. The Flavians used a number of older reverse types, and this is an exact copy of a reverse from Augustus. Two laurel trees were planted outside Augustusí door during his reign. Despite the wear on this coin, both the obverse and reverse legends are complete.
1 commentsLucas H02/26/12 at 13:26renegade3220: i love this reverse and have been looking for a ni...
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/25/12 at 21:45Mat: Nice big/bold portrait. Great addition Lucas.
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/25/12 at 21:42renegade3220: another wonderful addition lucas!
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/25/12 at 21:35David Atherton: Superb!
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/25/12 at 18:52ancientdave: Great looking coin!
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Vespasian RIC II 1406108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Ephesus Mint, 69-70 A.D.. (3.16g, 17.7m, 7h). Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm, sideways ɸ in lower left filed. RIC II 1406 (R), RPC 812, RSC 280.

Early denarius minted in the East, possibly before Mucianus secured Rome. Initially attributed to Philipi, this series, characterized by the sideways ɸ, has been attributed to Ephesus by recent scholarship. The lettering is irregular compared with Roman mint coins, and the portrait lacks the distinctive look of Vespasian of later issues.
7 commentsLucas H02/25/12 at 15:01Jay GT4: Fantastic style on this one!
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Vespasian RIC II 0981108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.5g., 19.5mm). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 981.

One of the rarer left facing portraits of Vespasian.
3 commentsLucas H02/19/12 at 23:25renegade3220: Great centering, nice strike, and fine example. W...
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Vespasian RIC II 094430 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. RIC II 944. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.32 g, 18./19 mm, 6h) Obv: r. to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: COS III in exergue, two oxen yoked left. RIC II 944, RSC 134a, BMC 209. Ex David Hendin.

Some discoloration on the obverse does not take away from the lack of wear, and even the hair maintains its detail. This denarius was part of an agricultural issue of Vespasian, and has one of the rarer left facing portraits. Right facing portraits may have been minted at a ratio of 10 to 1 against the left.
2 commentsLucas H02/19/12 at 23:24renegade3220: Way nicer than my example. Mine has cleaning scra...
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Vespasian RIC II 1408-1422 Brockage39 viewsVespasian. 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.
2 commentsLucas H02/19/12 at 22:53renegade3220: i really should have snatched this coin up before ...
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Vespasian RIC II 094342 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.03 g, 18.8m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII in exergue, Oxen, two, yoked left. RIC II 943.

This denarius was part of an agricultural issue of Vespasian. The oxen reverse closely resembles a type issued by Octavian and earlier Republican denarius of L. Cassius Caecianus.
2 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 20:24Steve E: Nice portrait, interesting type!
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Vespasian RIC II 094342 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.03 g, 18.8m, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII in exergue, Oxen, two, yoked left. RIC II 943.

This denarius was part of an agricultural issue of Vespasian. The oxen reverse closely resembles a type issued by Octavian and earlier Republican denarius of L. Cassius Caecianus.
2 commentsLucas H11/20/11 at 17:26ancientdave: Nice looking coin, neat reverse type!
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Vespasian RIC II 084544 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 76 A.D. (3.25g, 19.6mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VII across field, eagle standing front on base/cippus, wings open, head right. RIC II 845.

RIC II describes the eagle as standing on a garlanded base and holding a thunderbolt in its claws. This example lacks the garland or thunderbolt, but has a nice flan and full legends.
1 commentsLucas H07/05/11 at 19:01Steve E: Well centered, nice example!
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Vespasian RIC II 093939 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.14g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing left with spear and trophy, corn ear to right. RIC II 939.

In 77-78 A.D., the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This type, with Mars, is one of the most common of the period, and copies a Republican denarii of L. Valerius Flaccus. This is a nice coin with even toning, a high relief portrait, and full legends.
4 commentsLucas H07/05/11 at 19:00Steve E: Very intense portrait!
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Vespasian RIC II 093939 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.14g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing left with spear and trophy, corn ear to right. RIC II 939.

In 77-78 A.D., the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This type, with Mars, is one of the most common of the period, and copies a Republican denarii of L. Valerius Flaccus. This is a nice coin with even toning, a high relief portrait, and full legends.
4 commentsLucas H07/05/11 at 18:48Randygeki(h2): Nice one!
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Vespasian RIC II 093939 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.14g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing left with spear and trophy, corn ear to right. RIC II 939.

In 77-78 A.D., the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This type, with Mars, is one of the most common of the period, and copies a Republican denarii of L. Valerius Flaccus. This is a nice coin with even toning, a high relief portrait, and full legends.
4 commentsLucas H07/05/11 at 12:36Marsman: A mean looking emperor. Nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 093939 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint 77-78 A.D. (3.14g, 17.8mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Mars standing left with spear and trophy, corn ear to right. RIC II 939.

In 77-78 A.D., the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This type, with Mars, is one of the most common of the period, and copies a Republican denarii of L. Valerius Flaccus. This is a nice coin with even toning, a high relief portrait, and full legends.
4 commentsLucas H07/05/11 at 11:55David Atherton: Now that is a most expressive portrait. It looks l...
Vespasian,_RIC_II_941.jpg
Vespasian RIC II 094161 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.97g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star. RIC II 941, RSC 136.

During this time, the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This one copies a denarius of Marc Antony, and may represent the victorious admiral.
5 commentsLucas H07/02/11 at 20:51Marsman: Here another one! Nice reverse.
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Vespasian RIC II 094161 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.97g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star. RIC II 941, RSC 136.

During this time, the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This one copies a denarius of Marc Antony, and may represent the victorious admiral.
5 commentsLucas H06/30/11 at 20:06Randygeki(h2): I like this type too, cool coin
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Vespasian RIC II 094161 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.97g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star. RIC II 941, RSC 136.

During this time, the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This one copies a denarius of Marc Antony, and may represent the victorious admiral.
5 commentsLucas H06/29/11 at 22:20Jay GT4: Also one of my favorite reverses for both.I have t...
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Vespasian RIC II 094161 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.97g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star. RIC II 941, RSC 136.

During this time, the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This one copies a denarius of Marc Antony, and may represent the victorious admiral.
5 commentsLucas H06/29/11 at 20:34David Atherton: One of my favorite reverse types. Glad to se you g...
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Vespasian RIC II 094161 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 77-78 A.D. (2.97g, 19.0mm, 6h). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star. RIC II 941, RSC 136.

During this time, the Flavians minted a number of reverse designs with consciously antiquarian designs. This one copies a denarius of Marc Antony, and may represent the victorious admiral.
5 commentsLucas H06/29/11 at 17:40Steve E: Nice background! I learn alot from visiting your g...
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Vespasian RIC II 077452 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.01, 19.8mm, 6h) Obv: r to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Securitas seated left, head resting on raised arm. RIC I 774, RSC 367, Sear 2302.

Securitas was the goddess of security, especially security of the Roman Empire. The Pax reverse issued this same year was issued in large quantities, and this reverse is often confused with Pax, and in fact, this was sold as a Pax reverse by an experienced Vcoins dealer who missed the proper attribution. This is a nice, well centered, coin with complete legends on a nice flan.
4 commentsLucas H06/20/11 at 10:59Lucas H: It wasn't me that had the good eye. I'm s...
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Vespasian RIC II 077452 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.01, 19.8mm, 6h) Obv: r to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Securitas seated left, head resting on raised arm. RIC I 774, RSC 367, Sear 2302.

Securitas was the goddess of security, especially security of the Roman Empire. The Pax reverse issued this same year was issued in large quantities, and this reverse is often confused with Pax, and in fact, this was sold as a Pax reverse by an experienced Vcoins dealer who missed the proper attribution. This is a nice, well centered, coin with complete legends on a nice flan.
4 commentsLucas H06/18/11 at 21:31Steve E: Complete package, nice addition! Good Eye
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Vespasian RIC II 077452 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.01, 19.8mm, 6h) Obv: r to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Securitas seated left, head resting on raised arm. RIC I 774, RSC 367, Sear 2302.

Securitas was the goddess of security, especially security of the Roman Empire. The Pax reverse issued this same year was issued in large quantities, and this reverse is often confused with Pax, and in fact, this was sold as a Pax reverse by an experienced Vcoins dealer who missed the proper attribution. This is a nice, well centered, coin with complete legends on a nice flan.
4 commentsLucas H06/18/11 at 20:49David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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Vespasian RIC II 077452 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 75 A.D. (3.01, 19.8mm, 6h) Obv: r to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right. Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Securitas seated left, head resting on raised arm. RIC I 774, RSC 367, Sear 2302.

Securitas was the goddess of security, especially security of the Roman Empire. The Pax reverse issued this same year was issued in large quantities, and this reverse is often confused with Pax, and in fact, this was sold as a Pax reverse by an experienced Vcoins dealer who missed the proper attribution. This is a nice, well centered, coin with complete legends on a nice flan.
4 commentsLucas H06/18/11 at 18:21Bud Stewart: Great catch and another great coin.
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Vespasian RIC II 1408-1422 Brockage39 viewsVespasian. 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.
2 commentsLucas H06/01/11 at 22:44Steve E: The true obv. is a very excellent portrait! Very s...
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Vespasian RIC II T035757 viewsVespasian, memorial under Titus. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.43 g., 17.4 mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANUS, laureate head right. Rev: SC inscribed on shield supported by two capricorns, orb with crosshatching below. RIC T357, Sear RCV 2569, Ex David Hendin.4 commentsLucas H05/03/11 at 20:54renegade3220: I agree with rexesq. I have been looking for a ni...
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Vespasian RIC II 094430 viewsVespasian. 69-79 A.D. RIC II 944. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77-78 A.D. (3.32 g, 18./19 mm, 6h) Obv: r. to l out- IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: COS III in exergue, two oxen yoked left. RIC II 944, RSC 134a, BMC 209. Ex David Hendin.

Some discoloration on the obverse does not take away from the lack of wear, and even the hair maintains its detail. This denarius was part of an agricultural issue of Vespasian, and has one of the rarer left facing portraits. Right facing portraits may have been minted at a ratio of 10 to 1 against the left.
2 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:33Steve E: Another nice aquistion!
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Vespasian RIC II T035757 viewsVespasian, memorial under Titus. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.43 g., 17.4 mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANUS, laureate head right. Rev: SC inscribed on shield supported by two capricorns, orb with crosshatching below. RIC T357, Sear RCV 2569, Ex David Hendin.4 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:27Steve E: Very intriging coin!
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Vespasian RIC II T0361104 viewsVespasian memorial under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome mint 80-81 A.D. (2.1 g. 19mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: EX SC in exergue, quadriga l. with temple as car (tensa) surmounted by two victories, figure within. RIC T361. Ex David Hendin.

Minted by his son, Titus, to commemorate Vespasianís deification which occurred in 80 A.D. making it likely the coin was minted in that year.
3 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:25Steve E: Well done!
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Vespasian RIC II T036487 viewsVespasian memorial under Titus. AR denarius. Rome Mint, 80-81 A.D. (3.45 g, 21.7mm, 6h). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: EX SC in fields, Victory, draped, stepping l., placing shield on trophy, mourning captive Jewess seated beneath. RIC T364, BMCRE 112, RSC 144. Ex David Hendin.

Posthumous issue under Titus, this type celebrates Vespasianís deification, and commemorates his most important victory, that over the Jews during the First Revolt which raised Vespasian to the purple. This example is minted on a notably wide flan.
1 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:24Steve E: Interesting background!
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Vespasian RIC II 0981108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.5g., 19.5mm). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 981.

One of the rarer left facing portraits of Vespasian.
3 commentsLucas H04/26/11 at 06:17Steve E: I like left facing ones too! Very interesting rev....
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Vespasian RIC II 0981108 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 77, July-78, Dec. A.D. (3.5g., 19.5mm). Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left. Rev: IMP XIX across field. Modius with corn ears. RIC II 981.

One of the rarer left facing portraits of Vespasian.
3 commentsLucas H04/10/11 at 18:06Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Vespasian RIC II 112459 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyons) mint 71 AD. (3.13g 17mm.). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAESARES PRIN IVEN, Titus and Domitian seated left, side by side, holding branches. RIC II 1124 (R).* BMC 393, Sear 2403, RSC 541(b). *Less likely RIC II 1126, with DOMITIANVS on the reverse, but with the pertinent portion off the flan, it would take a die match to establish either conclusively.

Vespasian, who ruled from 69 to 79 AD., acted early to establish his sons, Titus and Domitian, as his clear successors, and produced these dynastic types for that purpose. This is another early example without the typical Vespasian portrait which was later established by the die engravers.
2 commentsLucas H04/08/11 at 11:01David Atherton: A wonderful rare type!
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Vespasian RIC II 112459 viewsVespasian 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Lugdunum (Lyons) mint 71 AD. (3.13g 17mm.). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P, laureate head right. Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAESARES PRIN IVEN, Titus and Domitian seated left, side by side, holding branches. RIC II 1124 (R).* BMC 393, Sear 2403, RSC 541(b). *Less likely RIC II 1126, with DOMITIANVS on the reverse, but with the pertinent portion off the flan, it would take a die match to establish either conclusively.

Vespasian, who ruled from 69 to 79 AD., acted early to establish his sons, Titus and Domitian, as his clear successors, and produced these dynastic types for that purpose. This is another early example without the typical Vespasian portrait which was later established by the die engravers.
2 commentsLucas H04/07/11 at 20:37Bud Stewart: Nice.
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Vespasian RIC II T0361104 viewsVespasian memorial under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome mint 80-81 A.D. (2.1 g. 19mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: EX SC in exergue, quadriga l. with temple as car (tensa) surmounted by two victories, figure within. RIC T361. Ex David Hendin.

Minted by his son, Titus, to commemorate Vespasianís deification which occurred in 80 A.D. making it likely the coin was minted in that year.
3 commentsLucas H04/06/11 at 23:45David Atherton: A rare and important type. Congrats!
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Vespasian RIC II T0361104 viewsVespasian memorial under Titus. AR Denarius. Rome mint 80-81 A.D. (2.1 g. 19mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right. Rev: EX SC in exergue, quadriga l. with temple as car (tensa) surmounted by two victories, figure within. RIC T361. Ex David Hendin.

Minted by his son, Titus, to commemorate Vespasianís deification which occurred in 80 A.D. making it likely the coin was minted in that year.
3 commentsLucas H04/06/11 at 21:04Jay GT4: Great catch!
Divus_Vespasian.jpg
Vespasian RIC II T035757 viewsVespasian, memorial under Titus. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.43 g., 17.4 mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANUS, laureate head right. Rev: SC inscribed on shield supported by two capricorns, orb with crosshatching below. RIC T357, Sear RCV 2569, Ex David Hendin.4 commentsLucas H03/23/11 at 14:13rexesq: I always liked the twin capricorn reverse, very co...
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Vespasian RIC II T035757 viewsVespasian, memorial under Titus. Rome Mint 80-81 A.D. (3.43 g., 17.4 mm). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANUS, laureate head right. Rev: SC inscribed on shield supported by two capricorns, orb with crosshatching below. RIC T357, Sear RCV 2569, Ex David Hendin.4 commentsLucas H03/21/11 at 21:17Randygeki(h2): Nice! this is a cool type
   
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