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Roman Empire - Two Sesterces = One Quinarius Argentus 2007

Item Code: ROM-2

Front: Vespasian - Imperator Caesar Vespasianus Augustus; Roman coin; Coat of arms of Roman Senate.
Back: Roman frescoes; Roman coin; Gladiators; Roman Colosseum. Watermark: repeated pattern.
 

 
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Dimensions: 146 x 70 mm
 

Features of the Banknote:

  • Planchettes - tiny fibres which fluoresce under ultraviolet light or tiny iridescent foils.
  • Paper - genuine currency paper that has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout.
  • Genuine, running serial numbers - have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced.
  • Serial numbers - fluoresce under UV light.
  • Watermark - in the shape of the ionic order circled capital part.
  • Offset printing
 
Vespasian was emperor of Rome from 69 to 79 A.D. Vespasian was the founder of the short-lived Flavian dynasty, and was succeeded as emperor by his sons Titus and Domitian. Vespasian's reign is best known for his campaign against Judaea and for starting the construction of the Colosseum.

The Colosseum or Coliseum , originally capable of seating 45000-50000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 A.D. under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign.

QUOTE: Ave Caesar! Morituri te Salutant! translates as “Hail, Caesar, those who are about to die salute you". That is traditionally the Latin phrase that the gladiators addressed to the emperor before the beginning of a gladiatorial match. Vespasian is known by another Latin proverb - "Pecunia non olet" which means "Money does not smell"; and it is said that it has been created when he had introduced a urine tax on public toilets.

 

Texts: The Roman Empire Treasury; Aerarium Imperium Romanum; Two Sesterces; Duo Sestertii.

 
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