Vespasian with rostral column reverse

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  1. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very happy to have this one arrive yesterday. I have much admired the radiate statue on rostral column reverse for Vespasian but I was holding out for the rarer variant-the left facing portrait.
    This first photo of this coin is why one should not judge a coin too quickly based on a seller's photos.


    I actually like the portrait very much and the reverse is also really interesting.

    Please post your left facing portraits or any relevant coins.



    Vespasian AR Denarius 79 CE
    Obv: Head Laureate left; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG
    Rev: Statue of radiate male figure with spear and parazonium on rostral column; TR POT X Cos VIIII
    Ric 1066
    Purchased from Ebay


    The first photo is the seller's photo and the second is mine. The coin in hand looks like my photo.

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  3. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Several left facing dupondii plus an as of Vespasian. Also , left facing sestertius of Titus with Annona reverse.

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  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Any idea who the male figure on the column is? I’m familiar with the Colossus of Rhodes and the Colossus of Nero having radiate crowns, but not much I know of the figures topping columns.

    I don’t know if the Column of Trajan had a radiated figure for example
     
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  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Here is one of mine, a Crispus:
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  6. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Wouldn't it be Sol?
     
  7. Steelers72

    Steelers72 Well-Known Member

    Very nice denarius with a left facing portrait as well! His son Titus had a similar denarius using the same rostral column:

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    Titus. AR. Denarius. 79-81 AD. Obv: Imp. Titvs caesar vespasian avg. P.M laureate head left. Reverse, radiate figure on rostral column as last. RIC 47 (R). BMC 28. RSC 291. BNC 27.
     
  8. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    During the construction of the Colosseum the nearby Colossus of Nero was retooled into Sol. The figure on this recurring Flavian type may possibly allude to that rebranding.
     
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  9. Gary R. Wilson

    Gary R. Wilson ODERINT, DUM METUANT — CALIGULA

    Here's a couple. One from Caligula and one from Nero.



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    Caligula (Augustus)
    Coin: Bronze As
    C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT - Bare head left
    VESTA SC - Vesta Seated Left, Holding Patera & Sceptre
    Exergue:



    Mint: Rome (37-38AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 11.61g / 29mm / 180
    Rarity: Common
    References:
    RIC I 38
    Acquisition/Sale: timeman21 Ebay $0.00 9/17
    Notes: Feb 27, 20 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

    This coin, the standard type from 37-39 AD is rated common.



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    Nero (Augustus)
    Coin: Brass Sestertius
    NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P - Laureate head left
    DECVRSIO - Nero, bare-headed, cuirassed, cloak flying behind, prancing right on horseback carrying spear at rest in right hand; in front of him, advancing right, looking back left, a foot soldier holding vexillum in right hand over left shoulder right; behind him a
    Exergue: DECVRSIO


    Mint: Rome (63 AD)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 28.51g / 36mm / 6h
    Rarity: Scarce
    References:
    RIC I 108
    Sear 1956
    BM 155
    MacDowall WCN 78
    Acquisition/Sale: rembrand-2000 Ebay $0.00 11/18
    Notes: Mar 4, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
     
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