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Vespasian RIC-245
Sestertius, 24.02g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SALVS AVGVSTA; S C in exergue; Salus std. l. with patera and sceptre
RIC 245 (C2). BMC 574. BNC 533.
Acquired from Golden Rule Enterprises Coins, February 2020.

A fairly common sestertius Salus type from the great bronze issue of 71. According to Mattingly in BMCRE II this Salus type may perhaps represents 'the salvation conferred by the imperial system', presumably after the upheavals of the Civil War. Salus here symbolises the health and welfare of the Roman state, not the person of the emperor himself.

Superb portrait in good metal.

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Jay GT4  [Feb 14, 2020 at 03:39 AM]
Oh yeah!
LordBest  [Feb 14, 2020 at 09:44 AM]
Gorgeous portrait
FlaviusDomitianus  [Feb 14, 2020 at 09:49 AM]
Lovely coin.
quadrans  [Feb 14, 2020 at 07:44 PM]
Nice piece..
simmurray  [Feb 18, 2020 at 09:10 PM]
Very nice!
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