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Yes, I needed this variety ... but it was the fantastic veristic portrait that sealed the deal.

 

 

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Vespasian

Æ Sestertius, 21.72g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 181 (C2). BMC 554. BNC 512.
Acquired from Savoca Coins, January 2023.

The standing Pax is one of the most common types encountered on Vespasian's sestertii struck during the great bronze issue of 71, mirroring the prominent role Pax played on his early denarii. Colin Kraay counted 16 obverse dies paired with this second issue reverse type, undoubtedly there are more. Here Pax is represented holding a cornucopiae (on the denarius she holds a caduceus) symbolising the emperor's gift of peace and prosperity to the empire.

 

Here it is in hand.

 

 

Please share your own fantastic portraits.

As always, thank you for looking!

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/index.php?cat=11162

Edited by David Atherton
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Strangely, one of the very few ´´non consecratio ´´ coins I own is also a Flavian bronze, which I could never part with until now because I love its obverse: a great portrait of Titus, with beautiful green patina...

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