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Revisting the Collection: Vespasian RIC Plate Coin

David Atherton

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When I purchased this denarius in December 2005 it was unique. A couple of years later the updated RIC II.1 was published using this coin as the reference specimen in the plates. It's still a most treasured coin worthy of a revisit.





AR Denarius, 3.08g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VE-SP AVG P M; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Vespasian stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
RIC 49 (R2), this coin. BMC p. 14 note. RSC -. BNC -. Hendin 1481.
Acquired from Ephesus Numismatics, December 2005.

An extremely rare Rome mint quadriga reverse commemorating Vespasian and Titus's Judaean Triumph. It is much more commonly seen from the Antioch mint with an obverse legend recording Vespasian as COS IIII. RIC dates this Rome mint prototype close to the triumph which occurred in 71. RIC co-author Ian Carradice knew of only three other specimens. This specimen serves as the RIC II plate coin.


A beauty in hand too.



As always, thanks for looking/watching!

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