Uncertain mint in Asia Minor
Silver, appears to have been gold-plated in antiquity
IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG (counterclockwise, read outwardly), Head of Vespasian, laureate, facing right; mint-mark o below bust
FIDES PVBL (starting low right), Clasped hands, holding winged caduceus upright between two poppies and corn-ears, one of each right and left
3.0g, 18mm, 6h
gEF (reverse), aF (obverse)
BMC 490; RSC 164;
The reverse of this coin is one of the best of its kind. It superior to the plate "clasped hands' or "FIDES PVBL" coin held by the British Museum. According to the reference Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, "FIDESL PVBL" first appeared on coinage of Vespasian in 72 AD. Vespasian was Roman emperor from 69 to 79 AD. The beginning of his reign marked the end of the tumultuous period of leadership, which included the Year of Four Emperors, returning stability to the Roman Empire. Vespasian reformed the financial system and started large construction activities, most notably the Roman Colosseum, which was completed during the reign of his son Titus.