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Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. 69-79 AD c 70 AD
Denarius
In December of 69 the Senate declared Vespasian emperor while he was in Egypt. During his time in Egypt protests erupted in Alexandria over his new tax policies and grain shipments were held up. Vespasian remained in Egypt to restore order and secure grain shipments to Rome allowing his return to the capital in 70 AD. Unrest and civil war continued in the rest of the empire. Vespasian's son, Titus, subdued the rebellion with the capture of Jerusalem and destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70. The rebellion in Gaul was suppressed by Vespasian's brother-in-law, Quintus Petillius Cerialis by the end of 70. In mid-70, Vespasian first came to Rome where Vespasian's other son, Domitian implemented Vespasian's tax reforms with the administartive assistance of Mucianus. Vespasian thus renewed old taxes and instituted new ones including urine tax on public toilets as it was felt "Pecunia non olet” ("Money does not smell") .Obverse laureate Vespasian IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Reverse bare headed Titus and Domitian facing one another CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions LLC

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