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Denarius of Vespasian

Silver Denarius,
Reign of Vespasian

Rome, 70 CE
2000.21.33988
RIC-2

Obverse: Laureate bust of Vespasian, facing right.

Inscription:
IMP CAESAR VESPA[SIANVS AUG]
Emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus

Reverse: Bare-headed busts of two males facing each other.
The inscription identifies both males as Caesar, thereby denoting them as heirs to imperial power. The designation of consul and praetor identifies Titus and Domitian, respectively.

Inscription:
(L) CAESAR AVG F COS
Caesar Son of Augustus, Consul
(R) CAESAR AVG F PR
Caesar Son of Augustus, Praetor