Rough but Rare Pt. 2

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    Last month I posted this fairly rough rarity.

    This month I came across the following coin. At this rate it might become an ongoing series. o_O

    V1014.jpg Vespasian
    Æ As, 9.87g
    Rome mint, 77-78 AD
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
    Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
    RIC 1014 (R). BMC 740. BNC 778.
    Acquired from London Ancient Coins, January 2021.

    A slightly scarce left facing portrait with the perennial favourite Victory on prow - a type more commonly found on the as issues at Rome. Unlike the VICTORIA NAVALIS variant which likely celebrated a minor naval victory from the Jewish War, this Victory can be viewed in more generic terms. A similar type was earlier struck in silver on the denarii.

    I really do love overlooked pieces such as this. To me they are no less interesting than their more pristine brothers - and they're cheaper!
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2021
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