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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 1114. Estimate $2500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

VESPASIAN. 69-79 AD. Æ Sestertius (26.67 gm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck 71 AD. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind / HONOS ET VIRTVS, S C in exergue, Honos, draped at waist, standing right, holding long sceptre in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand, and Virtus in military outfit standing left, foot on cuirass, holding parazonium in right hand and spear in left hand; vis-à-vis. RIC II 423; C.M. Kraay, "The bronze coinage of Vespasian; classification and attribution," Essays Sutherland pp. 50-53; BMCRE 760 (Tarraco); cf. BN 487; Cohen 203 var. (obv. legend). Good VF, dark green patina, light smoothing in fields. ($2500)

From the Tony Hardy Collection. Ex Gilbert Steinberg Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica, 16 November 1994), lot 289.