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Vespasian Denarius 76 CE

Vespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h). Ephesus? , c. AD 76. Obv: Laureate head r.IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Rev: Pegasus stepping r. COS - VII RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451. Rare, Good Fine St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018 I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse. The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known

Vespasian Denarius 69-79 CE

VESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus. (3.00 g. 17 mm.) Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P. Laureate head right. Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE. Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right. RIC² 1425. Condition: Very fine. Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348 September 2, 2018 Here is another Vespasian denarius minted in Ephesus. The quality of the engraving on these issues never fails to impress me. While the portrait on this example is a bit worn, the reverse is truly impressive. The victory is lovely and the legend is clear and crisp. This is an example where, in my opinion, the reverse outshines the obverse. The other interesting aspect of this coin

 
 

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