Divus Vespasian. Died A.D. 79. Æ sestertius.

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  1. Chris B

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    First post on the ancients forum in a while. I don't spend as much time over here as I do on the world coins forum the passion you guys have is contagious. This post is entirely your fault. :happy:

    Actually, I have been looking for one of this type since someone shared one on this site a while back. It crosses over several of my areas of interest. It surprises me how wide a price range can be found on these. I bought this as a Davissons aftersale lot.

    Photo and description are from the seller.


    Divus Vespasian. Died A.D. 79. Æ sestertius. 25.15 gm. 33 mm. Rome mint. Struck under Titus, A.D. 80-81.

    Obverse: The deified Vespasian seated right, holding scepter and Victory, in cart drawn right by a quadriga of elephants with riders; DIVO AVG VESPAS in field right, SPQR in exergue
    Reverse: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII around large

    S C. RIC II.1 258 (Titus).

    Very Fine; rich dark green patina; some light smoothing. Very rare.

    Includes collection envelope from the 1930s.

    Please share your elephant quadriga's or anything you feel like posting.
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  3. dougsmit

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    Do Flavian 'special' sestertii come untooled? Sometimes I wonder.
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  4. David Atherton

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    T259.jpg Divus Vespasian
    Æ Sestertius, 25.01g
    Rome mint, 80-81 AD
    Obv: DIVO AVG VESPAS above; S P Q R in exergue; Deified Vespasian std. r. holding sceptre and Victory in car drawn by four elephants with riders
    Rev: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C, large, in centre
    RIC 259 (R2). BMC -. BNC -.
    Acquired from Wallin Mynt, November 2019.
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  5. Edessa

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    I have not gotten around to taking a new picture since it's "liberation", but I really like the big-nosed style on this one.

    Egypt, Alexandria. Trajan, AD 98-117. Æ Drachm (33mm, 26.60gm, 12h). Dated RY 15 (AD 111/112). Obv: AVT TPAIAN C-ЄB ΓERM ΔAKIK; Laureate bust of Trajan right, aegis on left shoulder. Rev: Trajan standing right, scepter in left hand, palm forward in right, in processional quadriga of elephants right; L-IE (date) in exergue. Ref: Emmett 462. Ex-Heritage.

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