Emperor Vespasian (9 AD – 79 AD)
Titus Flavius Vespasianus reigned from 69 AD until his death. His reign marked the establishment of the Flavian dynasty, which succeeded the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and ruled the Empire for 27 years. Notably, Vespasian emerged as the ultimate victor in 69 AD, a chaotic year in Roman history known as the “Year of the Four Emperors,” during which Galba, Otho, and Vitellius briefly ruled before Vespasian seized power.
Vespasian was born into an equestrian family and had a successful military and political career before becoming a consul in 51 AD. Following Nero’s suicide in 68 AD, he was proclaimed emperor by his troops while he was leading the Roman invasion of Judea and later managed to consolidate his power back in Rome.
Vespasian significantly stabilized the Empire’s finances after the extravagant reign of Nero by implementing a pragmatic and fiscally responsible approach to his governance.
He spearheaded several notable construction projects, including the expansive Flavian Amphitheatre, later known as the Colosseum, named after a colossal statue nearby. Vespasian’s death in 79 AD signified the first peaceful succession in the Roman Empire, as his son Titus seamlessly assumed power.
An Exact Replica of the Original Coin
Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG, laurel head right
Reverse: COSITER TR POT, Felicitas standing left.
Diameter: 18 mm
24k Gold plated