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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 602. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $1350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA. Smyrna. Vespasian Jr., adopted son of Domitian. Æ 16mm (3.02 gm). Struck 95-96 AD. OVECPACIANOC N[EWTEROC], bare-headed draped bust right / ZMYPN AIWN, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm. Klose XLII (V3/R5); RPC II 1029; BMC Ionia pg. 275, 316; Vagi 1164. VF, dark brown patina. Extremely rare. ($1500)

Smyrna was the only location to strike coinage in the name of the intended heir of Domitian.