Sestertius - Vespasian PAX AVGVSTI S C; Pax and Minerva

Features

Country Roman Empire
(Rome)
Emperor Vespasian (69-79)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 71
Value Sestertius = 1⁄4 Denarius (1/4)
Currency Denarius, Reform of Augustus (27 BC – AD 215)
Composition Bronze
Weight 24.8 g
Diameter 32.5 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
References RIC II.1# 241,
Harold Mattingly, Edward Allen Sydenham; 2007. The Roman Imperial Coinage / Volume 2.1. Vespasian – Domitian (AD 69–96) (1926 revised edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
OCRE# ric.2_1(2).ves.241
Online Coins of the Roman Empire (http://numismatics.org/ocre/)

Obverse

Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.

Lettering: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III

Translation:
Imperator Caesar Vespasianus Augustus Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestate, Pater Patriae, Consul Tertium.
Supreme commander (Imperator) Caesar Vespasian, emperor (Augustus), high priest, holder of tribunician power, father of the nation, consul for the third time.

Reverse

Pax standing right, setting fire to arms; Column surmounted by Minerva, left, lance and shield resting against it; lighted altar, right.

Lettering: PAX AVGVSTI S C

Translation:
Pax Augusti. Senatus Consultum.
Peace provided by the Emperor. Decree of the senate.

Mint

Rome (ancient), Italy

Comments

Mass varies: 23.29–25.83 g;
Diameter varies: 32–33 mm;
Source: Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE)

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