Marsyas Mike Posted July 6, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 6, 2022 This recently came my way via an eBay seller in Latvia (shipping time, June 21 to July 5 - not bad at all). It intrigued me because it was a Vespasian AE with imperial titles on the reverse, which seemed strange. Turns out, it is an as-dupondius-sized AE minted in Ephesus (RIC) or an "Uncertain mint of Asia Minor" (RPC). It's not pretty, but seems to be rare; I could only find one other example online, the one used on RPC online. OCRE lists it too, with no examples shown; the OCRE site shows RIC 1498 and 1499 with identical descriptions - so why two different numbers? OCRE frustrates me this way from time to time. RPC Online links RIC 1498 only. The only illustration (RPC) has the reverse SC in the exergue; mine is in the fields ("C" only letter visible). Otherwise it seems to match pretty well. Anyway, I know there are some real Flavian authorities out there and I was wondering if I was on the right track with my attributions. Here are the only links I could find on this: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.2_1(2).ves.1498 http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.2_1(2).ves.1499 https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/2/1472 Here's mine: Vespasian Æ Large (As?) (77-78 A.D.) Ephesus (Uncertain Asia Minor Mint) [IMP CAESAR VESPA]SIAN AVGVS[TVS], laureate head right / [PONT MAX TR PO]T P P · COS · VIII [CENS], [S] C in fields, Ceres seated left, holding two corn-ears and torch. RPC II 1472; RIC II 1498/1499. (11.99 grams / 28 x 26 mm) eBay June 2022 Notes: OCRE list RIC 1498 and RIC 1499 with identical descriptions but no examples for either; RPC Online references RIC 1498 only and Kraay 3. RPC has single example with SC in exergue; this one has it in the fields (C is behind Ceres; S not visible). Dots and line over VIII reverse not noted in references but visible here. Here's the sole example I could find with an image (RPC, link above): If anybody has any other information, examples, etc., please share. Corrections to my amateur attributions always welcome! 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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