© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1972.247
People
Vespasian, Roman (r. 69-79 CE)
Title
Aureus of Vespasian, Rome
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
76 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Rome (Latium)
Period
Roman Imperial period, Early
Culture
Roman Imperial
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
7.29 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
aureus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
  • Reverse Inscription: AETERNITAS
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
RIC II.1 2, 838 p. 119
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Frederick M. Watkins
Accession Year
1972
Object Number
1972.247
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Laureate bust of Vespasian r.; around, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev.: Aeternitas standing l. holding heads of Sun and Moon; to l., altar.
Publication History

The Frederick M. Watkins Collection, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1973)

Exhibition History

The Frederick M. Watkins Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/31/1973 - 03/14/1973

Roman Gallery Installation (long-term), Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/16/1999 - 01/20/2008

Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/2007 - 01/20/2008

Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Coins

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu