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Rare Vespasian Roma Sestertius From Lugdunum


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I won this coin last month at The Coin Cabinet Auction 9 for a decent price, stripped patina and rough surfaces likely helped. It was misattributed as COS III (71 AD), but actually is COS VIII (77-78 AD), a rarer variety. But honestly, that probably didn't impact the hammer all that much. At any rate, I'm glad to have won it!

 

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Vespasian
Æ Sestertius, 20.56g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., globe at point of bust
Rev: ROMA in exergue; S C in field; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with Victory and parazonium
RIC 1206 (R2). BMC spec. acquired 1979. BNC -.
Ex The Coin Cabinet Auction 9, 2 May 2024, lot 56.

The reverse type of Roma seated/holding Victory is quite rare on Vespasian's sestertii. This variety struck at Lugdunum from 77-78 is assigned a frequency rating of 'very rare' (R2) in RIC, citing three specimens from the BM, Oxford, and Budapest. Mattingly in BMCRE states the type 'announces the triumph and revival of the sovereign city.'

In hand.

 

Feel free to share your Roma coins.

Thank you for looking!

 

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