Thursday, February 28, 2008
In my first post I wanted to share one of my favorite coins.
A silver denarius minted in Rome in 70 AD, this was a coin that announced to the world Vespasian's intention of founding a dynasty. The reverse has the confronting bare heads of Titus and Domitian, both were Caesars (princes) at the time of the coins production. Vitellius also issued a similar type the year before with his own children on the reverse. After the chaos of the recent civil war, Vespasian was bringing stability and peace to an empire that badly needed it. His coinage was rich in propagnada, this coin is a good example of such.
This coin has only been in my collection for a few years now and my love for it has not waned.
Vespasian RIC 16
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 16 (R), BMC 2, RSC 5
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR; Bare heads of Titus on l. and Domitian on r., facing one another.