Vespasian (AD 69-79). AE sestertius. PAX setting fire to arms. Very Rare.

obverse and reverse

Vespasian (AD 69-79). AE sestertius 33 mm. 27.1 gm. Rome, AD 71. Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head of Vespasian right. Rev: PAX-AVGVSTI, Pax standing right, olive branch upward in left hand, setting fire to arms with torch in right; column surmounted by Minerva right at left, shield and lance resting against it, lighted altar at right, S C in exergue. RIC II 241 (R2) Very Rare.

After enduring 5 years of conflict starting with the Jewish revolt in 66, Vespasian chose to advertize the restoration of the Pax Romana with this rare sestertius which depicts Pax (Peace) setting fire to a pile of weapons and armor while clutching an olive branch.


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