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Vespasian, 69-79 AD
Tenth of the 12 Caesars, denarius c 74 AD
There is not much information about Vespasian's rule between 71 and 79. He survived several conspiracies against him and initiated several construction projects in Rome including the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum). Ephesus was a prosperous city after Augustus made it the capital of proconsular Asia (instead of Pergamum). It became the seat of the governor, growing into a metropolitan commercial center second in importance and size only to Rome and it would not be unreasonable to expect an Imperial mint there would issue coinage of this type during Vespasian’s reign. Obverse laureate Vespasian IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR P P P Reverse enthrone Ceres holding grain ears, poppy, and cornucopiae CONCORDIA AVG
Mint: Asia Minor possibly Ephesus
Provenance: Private aquisition *

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