Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
New Holy Year 2 (69/70 AD)
AVTOKPATΩ[P KAICAP CEBACT]OC OVECΠACIANOC (starting upper right), Laureate head of Vespasian right
ETOVC - [NEOV IEPOV B], Eagle standing left on club, wings spread, holding wreath in beak; in left field, palm branch
25.01mm, 14.98g, 1h
VF, expressive portrait, tight flan, attractive cabinet toning
Rare, less than a dozen examples in online auction archives
ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 300; ex Pars Coins
From the famous Antioch mint, responsible for some of the finest portraits of Roman emperors. Although the date falls off the flan, there is the hint of the rounded B in the place it should be, which together with the obverse legend and style of the portrait, indicate this coin to be an example of McAlee 357.
Vespasian was Roman emperor from AD 69 to AD 79. 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.