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A Rare Eastern Vespasian Denarius

David Atherton

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I love the Ephesian denarii struck by Vespasian, especially the rare varieties! I won this piece at auction back in July and finally got around to unboxing it over the weekend. Definitely worth the wait!




AR Denarius, 3.06g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower r., BY (obscured)
RIC 1425 (R3). BMC -. RSC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Ex Numismatic Naumann, Auction 130, 2 July 2023, lot 542.

An exceedingly rare variety from Vespasian's Ephesian Group 5 denarius issue. Only one specimen cited in RIC from a G&M sale and I know of one other (Ex Short coll., a double die match). Possibly the third known.


In hand.



Thank you for looking!

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