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Live auction - brm_420177 - VESPASIAN Aureus

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Estimate : 4 000 €
Price : 2 500 €
Maximum bid : 2 500 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:38:03
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Aureus
Date: 74
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 7,20 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire avec un joli droit de style fin et un beau revers à l’usure régulière. Flan large pour ce type, particulièrement bien centré
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête laurée de Vespasien à droite (O*).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Vespasianus Augustus”, (L’empereur césar Vespasien auguste).


Reverse legend : COS V.
Reverse description : Vache à droite.
Reverse translation : “Consul quintum”, (Consul pour la cinquième fois).


Ce type est très rare, il manque notamment aux collections de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France ou du British Museum. Il est plus facile de le trouver avec une tête à gauche. C’est la première fois que nous présentons un aureus pour le cinquième consulat de Vespasien ! La monnaie est de mêmes coins que l’exemplaire vendu par Numismatica Ars Classica dans l’auction 51 du 5 mars 2009 et qui sert de monnaie référence (RIC et Calico). Il semblerait que ce soit le deuxième exemplaire connu.

Historical background


(07/01/69 to 06/24/79) Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus

Vespasian was born Nov. 17 9 Flacrines near Reate (in Sabine country). It belongs to the Italian municipal bourgeoisie. Aedile in 38, 40 lender, consul in 51, proconsul of Africa in 63, he commanded with Claude shipping Britain. Nero says his three legions and a proconsul imperium to crush the revolt in Judea 66. It was proclaimed on July 1, august 69 to Alexandria and son, Titus and Domitian, are promoted Caesars. Vitellius was removed Dec. 20, 69. Titus is attached directly to the government by his father at 71. His reign was devoted to the political and economic restoration of Rome. In 73, it is of censorship. He died in Reate 24 June 79.

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