That quirky smile of Vespasian

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  1. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    I want to share a recent acquisition with you because of the great mirth Vespasian displays here.

    3129 Vesp smile.jpg

    AR hemidrachm Vespasian (69-79), Caesarea in Cappadocia. Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian to right (with big grin). AYTOKP KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBA. Rev: Nike walking to the right, holding wreath. No text. 14.5 mm, 1.85 gr. Metcalf 17. RPC 1659. Sydenham, Caesarea 94.

    Here it is again in comparison with a denarius of Vespasian. It really is an extreme smile.

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  3. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Those are some fantastic portraits of Vespasian. From my collection, my personal favorite Vespasian portrait is this one - despite its wear, I've always liked the frown:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Vespasian - Den. classic bust.jpg
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  4. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Excellent portraits!
    Here are a few of my favourite portraits of Vespasian.

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  5. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Supporter! Supporter

    I'll say. Those are beautiful! The first and third ones look uncirculated.
  6. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I have this rather bemused Vespasian.

    AR Denarius, 3.10g
    Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
    RIC 25 (R). BMC 14. RSC 90.
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
    Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Neptune stg. l., foot on prow, with dolphin and trident
    Acquired from Nemesis, February 2008
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  7. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Smile or smirk?

    laureate head of Vespasian right

    Jupiter standing half-left, sacrificing from patera in right over small lit altar at feet on left, long scepter grounded behind in left

    Rome, 75 - 76 A.D.

    3.458g, die axis 180o

    RIC II, part 1, 849 (C3); BMCRE III 276; RSC II 222; BnF III 249; SRCV I 2295

    Ex-Heritage CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction 3032, part of lot 30530, Ex- Forum
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