David Atherton Posted July 2, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 2, 2022 (edited) The Spanish bronzes struck for Vespasian early in his reign have a unique style I find very appealing. Unfortunately they are super rare and not often seen in trade. Luckily, I came across this one featuring a stylish early portrait on eBay recently. Vespasian Æ As, 9.52g Tarraco(?) mint, 70 AD Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r. Rev: S C in field; IMP V P P COS II DESIG III FORT RED; Fortuna, draped, standing l.,setting r. hand on prow and holding cornucopiae in l. hand RIC 1337 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1989. BNC -. Acquired from eBay, June 2022. Spain declared for Vespasian late in 69 after the second battle of Cremona in October. Spanish mints immediately began striking coinage in all metals for Vespasian, with perhaps Tarraco being the main mint of the province. The early aes coinage copies many of the reverse designs seen on the precious metals at Rome, as is the case with this Fortuna type. All the coins from the issue are quite rare indicating they were not struck for any length of time, perhaps only to address a shortage of bronze coinage in the region. This as additionally has an unusual and extremely rare variant reverse legend. Missing from the Paris collection. Feel free to post your Spanish beauties! Thanks for looking! Edited July 2, 2022 by David Atherton 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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