Vespasian. 69-79 AD. Rome, c. 70-72 AD

Vespasian. 69-79 AD. Rome, c. 70-72 AD


AR Denarius, 3.22g (20mm, 6h). IMP CAES VESP AVG PM Head of Vespasian, laureate r. / TRI POT Vesta seated l., holding simpulum

Pedigree: Ex Victor England, Dec, 1988

References:  RIC 37 (older edition); Cohen 561

Grade:  Magnificent iridescent toning. Sharp strike. EF  (re1046)

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Vespasian was the father of the Flavian dynasty that last 27 years. He came into power after a turbulent time known as the “year of the four emperors” when after the death of the emperor Nero, came a quick succession of short-lived rulers. Galba, Otho and then finally Vitellius were raised to the seat of emperor and then quickly executed by the military that they were tasked to lead. Vespasian finally brought a stability to the government, as well as a familial succession upon his death. 

Vespasian was noted for his early military success in Britain in 43 BC and later for his initial involvement in the subjugation of the Jews in the uprising of 66 AD. After Vespasian became emperor he brought the uprising to a close with the considerable help of his son Titus. With the spoils from the war he was able to help Rome financially even building the Colosseum which continues to stand today.

This coin is from the stock of Victor England before CNG was formed.