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Sestertius of Vespasian
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Sestertius of Vespasian

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Description Obverse: Head of Vespasian, laureate, right; beaded border. Reverse: Pax standing left, draped, holding a cornucopia in the left hand, a branch in the outstretched right hand; beaded border. This sestertius was worth 1/100 of a gold aureus. It can be precisely dated to 71 CE because Vespasian (reigned 69-79 CE) held the consulship for a third time starting in January of that year and and held it for the fourth time in 72 CE.
  • From Rubens to the Grand Tour. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 2015.
Provenance Harold Landon, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1943, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription, Latin; obverse] IMP(erator) CAES(ar) VESPASIAN(us) AVG(ustus) P(ontifex) M(aximus) TR(ibuniciae) P(otestate) P(ater) P(atriae) CO(n)S(ul) III [Translation] Imperator, Caesar Vespasian Augustus, pontifex maximus, with tribunician power, father of his country, consul for the third time [Inscription, Latin; reverse] PAX AVGVSTI [Translation] The peace of Augustus
Credit Gift of Harold Landon, 1943

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71 CE (Roman Imperial)
bronze; struck
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Max diam: 1 1/4 in. (3.1 cm)


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