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An Unpublished Vespasian Dupondius

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As a specialist, unpublished coins are the bee's knees and so very satisfying to collect ... my latest addition is just such a piece. It's unique, unpublished, and has an appealing portrait to boot!



Æ Dupondius, 12.58g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PAX AVG; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with patera over altar and branch and caduceus
RIC 1144 var. (Radiate portrait). BMC -. BNC 803 var. (same).
Ex Harlan J Berk BBS 225, 30 November 2023, lot 88. Ex Curtis Clay Collection. Ex roman-num, eBay, 19 June 2011.

An early Pax type struck in 71 unique to the Lyon mint. H. Mattingly in BMCRE writes 'The type of Pax sacrificing, which is peculiar to Lugdunum, conveys the thought of thanksgiving for peace and prosperity (cp. the caduceus held by Pax) restored.' At Rome a similar reverse was produced sans altar. The propaganda value of Pax for the new Flavian dynasty after the Civil War and Jewish Rebellion cannot be underestimated. Unique with laureate portrait, RIC records this variety only with a radiate bust. Same obverse die as BNC 801.


In hand.


As always, thank you for looking and watching!


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2 hours ago, David Atherton said:

Thanks! The old avatar reminded me too much of Hershey who passed away recently. He will be missed.


my little tuxedo cat went out one nite and never came back...i miss him too but i got his picture up...i told him it would end that way if he didn't quit...but he had a good life while here eating canned tuna and milk along with snacks too....ii do believe occasionally i see one of his kids out runniin' round in the yard and woods...


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