69-AD VESPASIAN AU CAESAR
NGC VF 5/3This epic coin is from the Roman Empire reign of Vespasian, a Roman emperor from AD 69 to AD 79, and is one of the 12 Caesars. Vespasian was founder of the Flavian Dynasty, he ended the Civil War and brought about a time of peace for 27 years. The Flavian dynasty was founded by Vespasian and lasted for 27 years (69-96 AD). The Flavians rose to power during the civil war of AD 69, known as the Year of the Four Emperors. Although the dynasty proved to be short-lived, several significant historic, economic and military events took place during their reign. Three emperors belong to this dynasty - Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.
Vespasian was from an equestrian family with political ties that rose into the senatorial rank under the Julio-Claudian emperors. Although he held various public offices, his renown came from military success: the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43 and subjugated Judaea during the Jewish rebellion of AD 66. Little information on his 10-year reign survived, however, it is known that he reformed the financial system at Rome after the campaign against Judaea ended. He initiated several ambitious construction projects, including the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known today as the Roman Colosseum, as Vespasian had a love for gladiatorial games. Through his general Agricola, Vespasian increased imperial expansion in Britain. He died of intestinal illness after a long and successful career as Emperor. After his death in 79 AD, he was succeeded by his eldest son Titus - thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to be directly succeeded by his own natural son (and not an adopted one).
Many modern historians note the increased amount of propaganda that appeared during Vespasian's reign. Stories of a supernatural emperor who was destined to rule circulated in the empire. Nearly one-third of all coins minted in Rome under Vespasian celebrated military victory or peace. This historic gold coin of the 12 Caesars with shield on column w/um; branches on reverse is graded NGC VF Strike; 5/5, Surface 3/5.