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Vespasian (69-79 AD)

Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born 17 November 9 AD. In 63 AD he served as Proconsul in Africa. When the First Jewish Revolt began, Nero sent Vespasian and his son Titus to put it down and by the time Nero committed suicide, most of the lands had been retaken. In the time after Nero's death, Vespasian supported both successors Otho and Galba. He refused, however, to support Vitellius, and upon the latter's claim to the title of Augustus, Vespasian had himself proclaimed emperor by the eastern armies on 1 July 69 AD. In 70 AD he entered Rome and began the task restoration following the civil wars. He died at Reate on 24 June 79 AD of natural causes.

RIC II - Vespasian, 121b: AV Aureus, 20mm (Rome) 75-79 AD
Obverse: IMP CAESAR - VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureated head of Vespasian left.
Reverse: AETER-NITAS
Aeternias standing left, holding heads of Sun and Moon; at her feet, lighted altar.

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