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Vespasian RIC 29 (2)
AR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax, draped, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand and winged caduceus in l.
RIC 29 (C3). BMC 26. RSC 94h. BNC 18.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

This seated Pax is by far the most common type of the 'COS ITER' issue. It may even have been struck well after June 70, evidenced by the vast quantities that have survived and the classic Vespasianic portrait many of them display (Vespasian arrived in Rome c. October 70). COS ITER in the reverse legend is sometimes unusually spaced dependent on where Pax's branch is positioned - here the break occurs between the 'T' and 'E'. Most examples do not have such a break.

An early fine style portrait with true Vespasianic features. Unobtrusive flan flaw.
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Album name:David Atherton / Imperial Coinage of Vespasian
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Date added:Aug 16, 2018
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Jay GT4  [Aug 16, 2018 at 05:05 AM]
Nice early portrait
FlaviusDomitianus  [Aug 16, 2018 at 09:24 AM]
Nice specimen
Canaan  [Aug 16, 2018 at 01:43 PM]
Vincent  [Aug 16, 2018 at 02:57 PM]
He looks handsome...must be the makeup