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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Twelve Caesars| > |Vespasian| > RB66470
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.
|Vespasian|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.|,
In 77 or 78 A.D., Gnaeus Julius Agricola was made governor of Roman Britain, a post he occupied until 84. In his first year, Agricola subdued the Ordovices in Wales and pursued the remnants of the tribe to Anglesey, the holy island of the Druids. According to Tacitus, he exterminated the whole tribe. The Ordovices do completely disappear from the historical record, but considering the mountainous terrain, it is unlikely killed the entire population. Another tribe, the Silures, was either also militarily defeated or simply agreed to terms. Tacitus wrote of the Silures: non atrocitate, non clementia mutabatur - the tribe "was changed neither by cruelty nor by clemency." A Roman squadron, sent by Agricola, explored the north of Scotland for the first time, discovering the Orkney and Shetland Islands.Pre-Roman Wales
RB66470. Copper quadrans, RIC II-1 1015 (R); Cohen I 348; BMCRE II 740; SRCV I -, aF, Rome mint, weight 2.685g, maximum diameter 15.8mm, die axis 315o, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse IMP VESPASIAN AVG, rudder on globe; reverse P M TR P P P COS VIII, winged caduceus, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across lower half of field; rare; SOLD










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