Vespasian Gold Aureus, AD 69-79, ‘Boscoreale' Toning
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck AD 71.
Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head facing right.
Reverse: TR POT COS III, Aequitas standing left, holding scales in right hand, rod in left.
RIC II 1114; Lyon 10; Calicó 682; Biaggi 338.
Practically extremely fine with a pleasing bold portrait, red tone in the devices.
7.4 grams, 19 mm in diameter.
*In 1894/95, excavators working on a Roman villa near the buried city of Pompeii unearthed an amazing treasure trove that included silver table vessels of incredible beauty and more than 1,000 gold aurei. The intense heat from the volcanic ash, lava and pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Vesuvius left nearly all of the gold coins with a distinctive reddish discoloration which has come to be known as "Boscoreale toning." Although it is known that the hoard consisted of coins from all the reigns up to and including AD 78, no formal records were made of the hoard before it was dispersed to local museums and coin collectors. Although it is impossible to tell for certain whether any particular coin was from the Boscoreale Hoard, the presence of deep reddish toning on an aureus dating to before the eruption is regarded as highly suggestive that the coin was from this hoard, or was found elsewhere in the vicinity of Pompeii or Herculaneum.
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