Vespasian Æ Assarion, 3.36g Sardis, Lydia mint, no magistrate's name Obv: ΟΥƐϹΠΑϹΙΑΝΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r. Rev: ϹΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ; temple with four columns RPC 1308 (1 spec.). Acquired from Forvm, October 2020. A decently rare assarion struck at Sardis, Lydia sometime under Vespasian. The lack of a magistrate's name makes it difficult to pin down an approximate date, although it may have been produced chronologically before the coins that are signed with a magistrate's name. The structure on the reverse possibly could be the famous Temple of Artemis at Sardis, which was the fourth largest ionic temple in the ancient world. The temple had to have been a great source of civic pride for the citizens of Sardis and naturally would have been a superb choice for a reverse type for their coinage. Although, it must be noted, the temple depicted on the coin bares little resemblance to the archaeological remains. More promisingly, the mysterious structure on the coin has been attributed to a pseudodipteral temple recently discovered within the archaeological remains of the city (Ratte, Howe, Foss, 1986).The temple dates to the First century and has tentatively been identified with the imperial cult. Here is a restored view of the Temple of Artemis. And how it appears today. Feel free to post your 'temple' coins!