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Vespasian 69-70 CE

Vespasianus, 69-79. Denarius Minted 69/70, Tarraco (Tarragona). 3.41 g. Obv: Bust Laureate right, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG Rev; Pax Seated with branch and Caduceus., COS ITER TR POT RIC II/1, 1312 (R3) Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. E-Auctions 6 Lot 259. January 13, 2018. On first glance this coin looks like a typical Pax seated reverse. This type of reverse is perhaps the most common of reverses for denarii of Vespasian. However, one needs to look more carefully at the portrait side. This portrait of Vespasian seems quite different than portraits on the Rome mint Pax seated denarius. It is true that on this issue, there ca be very dramatic difference in portrait styles for the Rome mint, but this

Vespasian Diobol 70-71 CE

Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ ( 26.5mm., 9.15g.) Obv: Laureate head r. Rev. Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ. RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin). Brown tone. Very Fine. From the Dattari collection. Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017. Coin depicted in the database. What attracted me to this coin was the bust of ISIS on the reverse. This is just one of the many interesting reverses that appears on the Roman coins of Alexandria. Another reason this coin was interesting was the provenance. It was a part of the famous Dattari collection of Egyptian coins. Dattari assembled one the most

Domitian 83 CE

Domitianus (81 - 96 AD). Denarius. 83 AD Rome. (20 mm 3.47 g) Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M. Head with laurel wreath on the right. Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII OF THE XP P. Minerva with lance and shield on capital standing to the right, in front of it an owl. RIC 164 (R2); C.606; BMC 4 On first glance this looks like just another Minerva reverse denarius. However, there are 2 features which make it interesting. Firstly, it was minted in 83 CE. This makes it a first issue Minerva denarius. The Minerva series would dominate the denarii issues for the rest of Domitian's rule. Another piece of information which makes this coin interesting is that the silver of which it is composed is nea



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