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Divus Vespasian, 69 AD to 79 AD c 80-81 AD
Tenth of the 12 Caesars. Denarius struck posthumously
Vespasian was Roman Emperor from 69 AD to 79 AD and the founder of the Flavian dynasty. As a general he participated in the Roman invasion of Britain in 43, and subjugating Judaea after the Jewish rebellion of 66 AD. The armies in Egypt and Judaea declared Vespasian emperor on July 1 69 while Vitellius was also struggling for power. On 20 December, Vitellius was defeated, and Vespasian was declared emperor by the Roman Senate the next day. In 78 Vespasian developed an illness while in Campania and he returned to Rome. His illness worsened complicated by severe diarrhea. On 23 June of 79, and still on his deathbed, Vespasian was helped to stand as he believed "An emperor should die on his feet". His last words were allegedly “Væ, puto deus fio” "Oh! I think I'm becoming a god! The translated inscription of this coin (struck posthumously) “divine Augustus Vespasian” correlates to the practice of deifying Roman emperors and their family members after their death. Obverse laureate Vespasian DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS. Reverse two Capricorns on gridded celestial globe supporting shield inscribed S C on their backs.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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