Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Vespasian

A work made of gold.
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Date:

75/79, issued by Vespasian

Artist:

Roman; minted in Rome

About this artwork

In A.D. 68 the chaotic reign of the Roman emperor Nero came to an end with his forced suicide, but what followed was an equally chaotic struggle to succeed him. The support of the army was critical: the year A.D. 69 saw one general after another claim the throne only to be killed by one of his rivals. Finally, the Roman army in Egypt joined the army in Syria to back General Vespasian. Knowing that Egypt was the empire’s breadbasket, Vespasian’s first effort as emperor was to pacify and control this important province. Thearmor he wears on this coin emphasizes his role as a warrior king.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Vespasian

Origin

Rome

Date

75 AD–79 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG "Emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus" Reverse: FORTVNA AVGVST "Fortuna Augusta"

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 7.37 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4867

Extended information about this artwork

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