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Vespasian

Titus Flavius Vespasainus Caesar
Augustus (AD 69-79)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Vespasian was appointed emperor by his army whilst campainging in the Jewish war during 69, the Year of the Four Emperors. Victorious against the then emperor Vitellius, Vespasian quickly mastered the situation at Rome and ended the civil war. He appointed his elder son Titus as his successor and his younger son Domitian undertook a junior role.Vespasian reigned ten years and died in 79 AD.


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Vespasian

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Coins of Vespasian currently available

Vespasian
Silver denarius issued AD 72.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing holding simpulum and sceptre.<
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $160.00
Vespasian
Silver denarius issued c. AD 70.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: IVDAEA, Judaea seated in act of mourning against military trophy.<
Fair-Fine   |   AUD $170.00
Vespasian
Silver denarius issued AD 72.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII, Laureate head facing right.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and placing wreath on a standard set into the ground.<
Nearly Extremely Fine   |   AUD $275.00