Vespasian, with Titus as Caesar, 69-79 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, New Holy Year 2, struck 69/70 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Vespasian, with Titus as Caesar
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
69/70 AD (new holy year 2)
Obverse:
[Α]ΥΤΟΚΡΑΤ ΚΑΙΣΑ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙ[ΑΝΟΥ], Head of Vespasian, laureate, facing right
Reverse:
ΦΛΑΥΙΟΥΕ[ΣΠ ΚΑΙΣ ΕΤΟΥ]Σ ΝΕΟ ΥΙΕΡΟΥ, Head of Titus, laureate facing right; in left field, star; in right field; B (New Holy Year 2)
Size:
23.38mm, 13.2g, 12h
Grade:
VF, tight flan, toned, attractive lustre
Rarity:
rare
Provenance:
ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 344; from the Gordon S. Parry Collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 82 (16 September 2009, realised USD 465 plus 20% buyers fee); ex Giessener Münzhandlung 64 (11 October 1993), Lot 378
References:
Prieur 106; McAlee 328; RPC II 1940; BMC Galatia [Antioch] p. 178, 226 (obv. begins with T); cf. Butcher p. 73, 4 (obv. legend); cf. SGICV 747 (head left, obv. starts with T)

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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.