The Founder of the Flavian Dynasty, and the 10th of the Twelve Caesars, Emperor Vespasian ended a Civil War, and was the final ruler of the tumultuous Year of the Four Emperors. His tenure brought about a time of peace lasting 27 years. He hailed from an equestrian family with political ties. As a military commander, he enjoyed immense success during the First Jewish–Roman War, and also in Britain. He was responsible for several important architectural projects, most notably the beginning of construction on the Roman Colosseum (also called the Flavian Amphitheater), as Vespasian had a love for gladiatorial games. Coins struck during his reign served as propaganda throughout the Empire, depicting images of both military victory and peace. He died in 79 AD of intestinal illness after a long and successful career as Emperor.
The obverse of this denarius features the head of Vespasian facing right. The reverse shows Concordia, the goddess of agreement in marriage and society, seated. The present specimen is among only 35 of these pieces worldwide graded AU, with only 56 coins graded finer. From the Antioch mint.