David Atherton Posted January 25 · Member Share Posted January 25 (edited) I have added another coin to the collection from the mysterious (and allegedly 'Syrian') issue stuck at Rome in 74. This time it is a hard to come by quadrans with the caduceus reverse. Vespasian Æ Quadrans, 2.86g Rome mint, 74 AD Obv: IMP VESP AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l. Rev: P M TR POT P P; Winged caduceus RIC 1569 (R). BMC 880. BNC 894. RPC 1989 (4 spec.). Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, January 2023. An extremely rare orichalcum quadrans struck for Vespasian in 74. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'. And in hand (these small coins are tough to shoot!). As always, thanks for looking! Edited January 25 by David Atherton 15 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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