Vespasian Æ As, 9.59g Lyon mint, 72 AD Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust Rev: PROVIDENT in exergue; S C in field; Garlanded Altar RIC 1201 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1936. BNC -. Acquired from CGB.fr, April 2021. Originally, Tiberius struck the Provident altar type for Divus Augustus. The altar depicted is dedicated to Providentia, the personification of the emperor's divine providence. Although the type is commonly described as an altar, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. This popular type was later revived during the Civil War by Galba and Vitellius. Vespasian began striking it early in his reign both at Rome and Lyon. This rare ornate variant depicts the altar as garlanded. Show off your rare or unusual minutiae!