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Here is one of several new acquisitions that I’ll be posting in the coming days.

It was the image of Vesta on the reverse that initially captured my interest.

 

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Let’s see your Vesta and Vitellius coins.

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Nice coin and as always a perfect presentation.

Here ist the Vitellius coin I like most. Vitellius and his children.

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Vitellius
Denarius, Rome, AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVGVST TR P, laureate head right
Rev.: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, confronted draped busts of Vitellius' son (on left) and daughter (thought to have been named Vitellius Germanicus and Vitellia)
Ag, 3.090g, 18.1mm, 180o
Ref.: RIC² 103, RSC II 2, BMCRE I 29, BnF III 62

 

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Gorgeous coin, @LONGINUS! And one of the pricier emperors to acquire. I, sadly, have no Vitellius coins at all. You know how it is.

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Astonishingly, only two coins issued for Faustina the Younger depict Vesta!

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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman AR denarius, 3.21 g, 17.4 mm, 7 h.
Rome, AD 164-?
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right; Beckmann type 9 hairstyle.
Rev: VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding palladium and scepter.
Refs: RIC 737; BMCRE 175-76; Cohen 286; RCV 5270; MIR 44-4/10b; CRE 242.
Notes: One blundered die reads AVGSTA (sic); Roma Numismatics Limited (E-Sale 45), 5.5.2018, lot 605 = Saint Paul Antiques (Auction 10), 2.9.2017, lot 351. Also known with a single band of pearls around the head (Museu de Prehistòria, València 39805).


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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman Æ as or dupondius, 11.38 g, 26 mm, 6 h.
Rome, c. AD 170-175.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right; Beckmann type 10 hairstyle.
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding simpulum and palladium.
Refs: RIC 1690; BMCRE 1004; Cohen 285; RCV 5307; MIR 45-7/10c.
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Congratulations on your new acquisition, @LONGINUS (I fell in love instantly with @shanxi's coin though)

Here is my very humble Vitellius denarius - Vesta type.

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The reverse is worn and smudged, however this didn't cut too much from my pleasure of getting one of the difficult 12 Caesars.

I have 2other Vesta coins .

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Julia Mamaea. Augusta AD 225-235. Rome
Denarius AR 20 mm., 2,26 g.
RIC IV Severus Alexander 360     
Date Range: AD 225 - AD 235
IVLIA MAMAEA AVG; Bust of Julia Mamaea, diademed, right
VESTA; Vesta, veiled, draped, standing left, holding palladium in right hand and up-right sceptre in left hand

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Antoninus Pius AD 138-161. Rome
152-153
Denarius AR
17 mm, 3,21 g
RIC III Antoninus Pius 203   
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV
Head of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right
COS IIII
Vesta, veiled, draped, standing left, holding simpulum lowered in right hand and palladium at shoulder in left

 

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Very nice. I don't have a Vitellius at the moment (still need a new one of him, and a proper Galba [not just RPC temp. Galba] to have all 12 Caes), but I do have his successor's Vesta, struck a couple years after Vitellius' departure: 

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Roman Imperial Coinage. Vespasian (Emperor, 69-79 CE) AR Denarius (17mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome mint, struck July-December 71.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M. Laureate head right.
Rev: TRI POT. Vesta seated left, draped, holding simpulum.
Ref: RIC II.1 46; RSC / Cohen 561.

Prov: Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection; loaned, then bequeathed to Hispanic Society of America (HSA 1001.1.22362); housed at the American Numismatic Society (same accession number), late 1940s - c. 2012; 8 March 2012, sold at Sotheby's sealed-bid sale of all 37,895 Huntington coins; acq. by consortium, incl. Jose Vico; returned to ANS among 26,500 other Huntington coins, May 2012 - summer 2013; consigned by ANS to CNG e-Auction 397, 17 May 2017; Lampasas Collection; consigned to CNG e-Auction 487, 10 March 2021; Charles Chamberlain Collection; consigned to CNG e-Auction 509, 9 February 2022; Jackson-Jacobs Collection, present.

 

I posted my sold Vitellius as a "dearly departed Libertas" in the Lt. Uhura thread a couple days ago:

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Silver Coin (AR Denarius) minted for JULIA MAMAEA, mother of SEVERUS ALEXANDER, between 222 - 235 A.D. Obv. IVLIA.MAMAEA.AVG.: bust dr. r. wearing diadem. Rev. VESTA.: Vesta veiled, standing half-left, holding palladium and upright sceptre. RCS #2315. RSCIII #81. RICIV #360. DVM #11/1.

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