Roman Empire Vespasian AD 69-79 Gold Aureus NGC CHXF Twelve Caesar’s
Roman Empire Vespasian AD 69-79 Gold Aureus NGC CHXF Twelve Caesar’s.
#10 of the Twelve Caesar’s
Vespasian (AD 69-79), Gold Aureus, 7.27g ., mint of Rome, struck c. AD 75-79, NGC CHXF Strike 5/5 Surface 2/5 : IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right, rev. FORTVNA AVGVST, Fortuna standing on altar holding rudder and cornucopiae
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. The armor he wears on this coin emphasizes his role as a warrior king.