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T. Flavius Vespasainu Caesar
Augustus (AD 69-79)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Vespasian was a successful Roman general in charge of the Judaean War when Nero was overthrown. In the ensuing confusion several generals were proclaimed emperor and by mid 69 the Syrian and Judaean legions proclaimed Vespasian emperor. They marched on Rome and Vitellius was killed. Vespasian introduced a stable reign, partly because he had two adult sons to succeed him: Titus and Domitian

Obverse Legends on coins depicting Vespasian

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Coins of Vespasian currently available

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