A Vespasian Pegasus

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  1. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Just won this lot today and I am very excited about it. I lost out on one of these last week because it went for a large sum. When I saw this one I knew I wanted it.

    I know @David Atherton has one of these and I hope he will post his to this thread.

    Everyone knows the Domitian as Caesar coin with the pegasus reverse. However, here is one for Vespasian. There are 2 on acsearch and one on OCRE -the British museum example.

    This will take a special place in my 12 Caesars collection.

    Please post your coins of Vespasian or coins with pegasus.

    Vespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
    (18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
    Ephesus, c. AD 76.
    Obv: Laureate head r.
    Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
    RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
    Rare, Good Fine

    Vespasian RIC 1473.png
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I love it! You are justifiably proud to have it in your collection. I only have one true Pegasus:

    Caligula Corith Pegasus.jpg
    Caligula, AD 37-41.
    Roman provincial Æ 20 mm, 6.74 g.
    Peloponnese, Corinthia, Corinth, Ae. P. Vipsanius Agrippa and M. Bellius Proculus, duoviri, AD 37-38.
    Obv: C CAESAR AVGVSTV, bare head right.
    Rev: M BELLIO PROCVLO IIVIR / COR, Pegasus flying right.
    Refs: RPC I 1173; Amandry (1988) XVII; BCD Corinth 405-6.

    Although many call the winged horse on the reverse type of this Gallienus coin Pegasus, the reverse inscription indicates it is dedicated to Sol -- the sun. The coin more likely depicts one of the winged horses that pulls Sol's chariot across the dome of the celestial sphere, not Pegasus:

    Gallienus SOLI CONS AVG winged horse antoninianus.jpg
    Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
    Roman Æ Antoninianus, 19 mm, 2.41 g.
    Rome Mint 267-268 AD.
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
    Rev: SOLI CONS AVG, winged horse right, springing heavenward, A in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 283K; Göbl 712b; Cohen 979; RCV 10362; Hunter 127.
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  4. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    This Pegasos type, from Dia in Bithynia, used to be extremely rare. von Aulock published one in his SNG. As far as I can tell von Aulock's was the only one published. Since 2013 about 10 more examples have shown up.

    BITHYNIA. Dia. Ae (Circa 85-65 BC). Weight: 11.21 g. Diameter: 23 mm.
    Obv: Head of Perseus right, wearing phrygian cap with griffin-crest, decorated with two stars.
    Rev: DIAΣ; Pegasos grazing right; monogram to upper left, upper right and right.
    Ref: SNG von Aulock #344
  5. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Great coin Andrew! Wish I saw it! DomitianPegasus.jpg
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  6. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Wow Andrew! I am glad to see you won it.

    The 'o' mint is infamous for mixing up types and blundering legends, creating mules that collectors today salivate over. Why an official imperial mint was so careless is a great mystery! Despite all this, the coins are engraved in very fine style. The Vespasian Pegasus is a good example of that carelessness combined with excellent craftsmanship.

    Here is my example. V1473bsm.jpg
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  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    What a lovely Pegasus! I'm really going to have to step it up with hunting down one of these Ephesus mint coins.

    I'll have to just post my Augustus prototype for now.

    Augustus - Pegasus denarius.jpg
    AR Denarius. 3.64g, 19.9mm, Rome mint, 19-18 BC, P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer. RIC 297 (R2). O: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right. R: P PETRON TVRPILIAN III VIR, Pegasus walking right.
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  8. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful toning on that Augustus @zumbly That is a coin I would be proud to own.
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  9. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    As well it should, that is one beautiful and rare coin! Was that on Ebay or from an auction house?
  10. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks very much for the kind words @Nemo . It was in an auction held by St Paul Antiquities, London.
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