Ancient Rome Vespasian Denarius and Aureus with Bull Right 69AD to 79AD
These silver denarii (plural of denarius) and gold aurei (plural of aureus) were issued, as Norma V. correctly mentions, in Vespasian's seventh term of Consular Power. He held the office for the seventh time in 76 AD, so we can safely date the striking of the coin to this year.
The bull on the reverse is by some considered to be the 'Heifer of Myron'. Myron was an ancient Greek sculptor working in the 5th century BC, and his statues of bulls and minotaurs were famous well into the Roman period. The coin can then be considered to not show a bull, but merely a very life-like statue of a bull, as carved by a sculptor in the 5th century BC and then immortalized on a coin by an engraver in the 1st century AD.
Others consider the bull to simply be a bull, and place the coin as 'part of Vespasian's agrarian series promoting the agricultural productivity of Italia and his responsibility for it.'
DENARII (struck in silver):
worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $325
well preserved: $750
AUREI (struck in gold):
average circulated: $6500
well preserved: $12000
Remember that ancient coins each stand on their own merit. Many things, such as sharpness of strike, centering of the images, legibility of the inscriptions, and quality of the flan all weigh in on an ancient coin's value. For example, the pictured aurei of magnificent quality, possibly the finest known, was sold for $37,500 at auction in 2014 by Heritage Auctions. CoinQuest is indebted to Heritage for use of their coin photo.
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, Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Norma V, Sat, 31-May-2014 22:05:21 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 02-Jun-2014 10:53:32 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 18-May-2016 16:35:29 GMT
Requester description: REVERSE: HEIFER STANDING rt. COS VII above, ref to Emperor's 7th term of office as Consul or Chief Magistrate of Rome Obverse: (rt. to l.) Imperator CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVGUSTUS
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