The Founder of the Flavian Dynasty, and the 10th of the Twelve Caesars, Emperor Vespasian ended a Civil War, and was the final ruler in 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 features the head of Vespasian facing right, while the reverse shows Pax, the goddess of peace. The present specimen, almost perfectly centered with superb detail, is graded Choice XF with Fine Style designation for remarkable engraving skill, with perfect strike (5/5) and excellent surfaces (3/5). This coin is among the 18 finest coins available to collectors worldwide, with only nine in Choice XF, and only nine graded finer.