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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Vespasian| > SH42155
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.
The heifer depicted on this coin represents one of the famous works of Athenian 5th century B.C. sculptor Myron, considered by the ancients to be one of the finest artists. After Actium, Octavian shipped four sculptures to Rome to decorate his new temple of Apollo. To commemorate the event, gold and silver coins (of outstanding hellenistic style) were struck. After the great reconstruction of Rome, Vespasian relocated the heifers to the temple of Pax, where they were still standing in the time of historian Procopius.
SH42155. Gold aureus, RIC II-1 842; BMCRE I 178; SRCV I -, aVF, Rome mint, weight 7.033g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 225o, 76 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left; reverse COS VII, heifer right; ex Ponterio; SOLD

Catalog current as of Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
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