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Vespasian, 69-79 AD year 1= July 1st 28 - August 69 AD
Tenth of the 12 Caesars, bronze diobol
While Vespasian was preparing the seige of Jerusalem Nero committed suicide. While Rome plunged into the civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors, Galba and Otho were the first to be eliminated when Vitellius was named emperor in mid 69. In response, the armies in Egypt and Judaea themselves declared Vespasian emperor on July 1. Vespasian’s Year 1 obverse legend at Alexandria is noteworthy for including his praenomen Titus, which was omitted from Year 2 onward at Alexandria and on his entire coinage at Rome. This first year legend also lacks ΣEBAΣTOΣ (= Augustus), a title that Vespasian apparently had not yet accepted. Obverse laureate Vespasian [AUT] TIT ΦΛAUIO OUEΣΠAΣIAN KAIS. Reverse Isis with a lotus flower on her head.
Mint: Alexandria
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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