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RPC-1941-Vespasian
AR Tetradrachm, 14.19g
Antioch mint, 69-70 AD
Obv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: (T) ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY; Laureate Head of Titus, r.; in r. field, B
RPC 1941 (2 spec.).
Acquired from Agora Numismatics, June 2017.

A RPC group 2 tetradrachm attributed to Antioch, but style wise very similar to Alexandria. RPC speculates the Alexandria style tetradrachms were either struck in Alexandria and then shipped to Antioch, or less likely Alexandrian mint workers were sent to Antioch and produced the coins there. Kevin Butcher speculates these Alexandria style tetradrachms were ordered by the southern Syrian cities from the Alexandria mint for circulation in that part of the province. Of note, Galilee, Samaria, and Judaea were a part of the province of Syria at the time. Interestingly, these tetradrachms in which Titus' portrait is featured on the reverse may have been circulating in the very region where he commanded the legions fighting the Jewish War. Most likely they were struck during the massive military build up before the siege of Jerusalem, providing strong evidence of the important role Titus Caesar held at the time.

This regnal year 2 type is more commonly seen with a star behind Titus' portrait on the reverse. This is the rarer variant lacking the star.

Struck in superb 'Alexandria' style. Normally these come much cruder.
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Mat  [Jun 19, 2017 at 07:56 PM]
Thats a wonderful tet!
Jay GT4  [Jun 19, 2017 at 09:14 PM]
Great portraits
Randygeki(h2)  [Jun 20, 2017 at 07:20 AM]
Awesome coin
Canaan  [Jun 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM]
Great example of the type, i love it!!!
FlaviusDomitianus  [Jun 20, 2017 at 02:00 PM]
Very nice indeed!
quadrans  [Jun 20, 2017 at 04:45 PM]
Great coin and details..
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