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Printed Auction 41 Lot 1

ROMAN IMPERIAL. Vespasian. A.D. 69-79. AV aureus. 7.34 gm. 20 mm. Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck A.D. 72. His laureate head right; [I]MP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P IIII P P COS [IIII] / Pax-Nemesis advancing right, pulling out fold of drapery and holding winged caduceus over snake gliding right; PACI AVGVSTI. RIC II.1 1180. BMCRE 403. Calicó 656. Very Fine; bold expressive portrait; luster traces in legends and devices; a few short hairline scratches in reverse field; attractive red-gold tone; interesting and rare reverse.

This unusual reverse combines Peace and Nemesis as the personification of the fear of divine vengeance, prescribing moderation and self-restraint for Vespasian. This posture is intended to lead to triumph, here most probably Vespasian's subjugation of Judaea, and eventually peace.

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