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Vespasian RIC-773
AR Denarius, 2.89g
Rome Mint, 75 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, bare, l.
Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI; Pax, bare to the waist, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand, l. hand on lap
RIC 773 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from eBay, November 2017.

Here is an interesting situation of an extremely rare obverse paired with the most common reverse type ever struck for Vespasian's denarii. The Pax type with the common laureate right portrait was struck in vast quantities to commemorate the opening of the Temple of peace. The bare head left portraits are seen sparingly (Buttrey - 'Fleetingly') on the denarii of 75 and 76 exclusively with the seated Pax reverse. This denarius is the second known specimen of the exceedingly rare bare head COS VI Pax from 75. Unsurprisingly, it shares obverse dies with the unique specimen cited in RIC. The bare head portraits seem to have been the experimental work of one engraver operating at the mint in 75/76. Too bad this portrait variant didn't catch on, it has a delightfully attractive spare elegance.

Struck in fine style and in good metal.
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FlaviusDomitianus  [Dec 05, 2017 at 10:26 AM]
Interesting rarity!
Jay GT4  [Dec 05, 2017 at 09:14 PM]
Outstanding find!
Canaan  [Dec 07, 2017 at 05:18 AM]
Most interesting
maridvnvm  [Dec 08, 2017 at 07:24 AM]
A very interesting coin indeed.
Kim B. N  [Dec 13, 2017 at 06:49 PM]
he allmost looks like my dad. Very nice indeed David!
quadrans  [Dec 14, 2017 at 04:29 AM]
Nice find David..
socalcoins  [Dec 30, 2017 at 07:35 PM]
Congratulations on this awesome find! I love the austere portrait!
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