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Vespasian 69-79 AD denarius c. 70 AD
Tenth of the 12 Caesars and fourth emperor of the Year of the Four Emperors and founder of the Flavian dynasty.
Vespasian (17 November 9AD – 23 June 79AD), reigned as Roman Emperor from 69 AD until his death in 79 AD and was the founder of the Flavian dynasty (69 to 96 AD). Vespasian was a successful military commander overseeing part of the invasion forces when Claudius attacked Britannia in 43. Nero appointed him to subjugate the Judean province during the Jewish rebellion of 66 and while Vespasian was preparing to besiege the city of Jerusalem Nero committed suicide. Galba and Otho perished in quick succession and Vitellius became emperor in mid 69 while the legions in Alexandria and Judaea declared Vespasian emperor on July 1. Vespasian defeated Vitellius during the second Battle of Bedriacum and was declared emperor by the Roman Senate. Obverse laureate Vespasian [IMP] CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG .Reverse IVDAEA while seated on the ground beside a trophy is a veiled mourning Jewess supporting her chin with her left hand.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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