Emperor Vespasian 69-79 A.D., AE Roman Imperial Sestertius Coin
Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born in 9 A.D. He was the fourth emperor of the Year of the Four Emperors (Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian). After the suicide of Emperor Nero in A.D. 68 there followed a brief period of civil war. This was the first Roman civil war since Marc Anthony’s death in 30 B.C. Between June of A.D. 68 and December of A.D. 69 there was a successive rise and fall of Galba, Otho and Vitellius until final accession of Vespasian, the first ruler of the Flavian Dynasty. Vespasian reached Rome in 70 A.D. and quickly set about repairing the damage caused by the civil wars.
This museum quality coin reproduction of Ancient Roman Coinage is an exact copy of the coin held in the British Museum (BMC 560).
Obverse: Laurel Head of Vespasian, Bust of Vespasian, IMP. CAES . VESPASIAN . AVG . P. M . TR . P . P . P . COS . III
Reverse: ROMA S. C., Roma standing holding Victory and spear
Diameter: 34 mm