Vespasian AR Denarius (71 CE Group 6)
Obv: Laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
Rev: Ceres std left on ornate high-backed chair , with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae, EPHE in exergue; CONCORDIA AVG
RIC 1428, RSC 67, BMC 453
Roman Silver Coins from the Michael Kelly Collection
Ex: Spink Numismatic e-Circular 1 - Part I - Ancient Coins featuring the Michael Kelly and Nomos Brasiliana Collections Lot 214. February 13 2020.
Yes, this is another Ephesian denarius of Vespasian. The reason I wanted this one concerns the reverse. Notice the EPHE (for Ephesus) in the emerge on the reverse. I know this is a more common coin than the RIC 1400 I posted last time, but I did not have one with this mintmark so I wanted it.
Though this portrait is radically different than the one on the RIC 1400 I recently posted, it is still unmistakably an issue of Ephesus. Again, I really like that the coin has a provenance linking it to the Michael Kelly collection.
I also find the portrait really interesting. I hope to add more Ephesian denarii.