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AR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

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Canaan  [May 01, 2018 at 11:31 AM]
Very nice!!! Congrats
Nemonater  [May 01, 2018 at 11:35 AM]
Great centering and strike, a beauty!
Jay GT4  [May 01, 2018 at 01:00 PM]
A real beauty and being rare is icing on the cake
Mat  [May 01, 2018 at 02:42 PM]
That would be a dream coin to own, nice
FlaviusDomitianus  [May 01, 2018 at 03:54 PM]
Nice Alexandrian style example.
maridvnvm  [May 02, 2018 at 10:06 AM]
A very attractive example.
Canaan  [May 05, 2018 at 04:40 PM]
Very nice!!!