Vespasian, 69-79 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, struck 69/70 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Vespasian
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
New Holy Year 2 (69/70 AD)
Obverse:
AVTOKPATΩ[P KAICAP CEBACT]OC OVECΠACIANOC (starting upper right), Laureate head of Vespasian right
Reverse:
ETOVC - [NEOV IEPOV B], Eagle standing left on club, wings spread, holding wreath in beak; in left field, palm branch
Size:
25.01mm, 14.98g, 1h
Grade:
VF, expressive portrait, tight flan, attractive cabinet toning
Rarity:
Rare, less than a dozen examples in online auction archives
Provenance:
ex Triskeles Auction 21 (29 September 2017), Lot 300; ex Pars Coins
References:
McAlee 357; Prieur 135; RPC II 1971; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Syria -; Butcher -; SGICV -

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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.