Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Temple Of Vesta

    Vespasian (AD 69-79). AV aureus (20mm, 7.24 gm, 11h). NGC VF 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 73. IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head of Vespasian right /  VES-TA, round temple-shrine of Vesta with four columns and flight of steps leading up to the central tondo; within, statue of Vesta; to left and right, statue on base. RIC 549 (R). Cohen 578. Calicó 691 (S2). Struck on a broad flan, with an attractive architectural reverse.

    The reverse depicts the circular Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum, a portion of which survives today. The round floor plan with the conical roof were probably reminders of the round huts in which denizens of Rome first lived. At the center of the temple was the Sacred Fire of Vesta, tended by the order of Vestal Virgins. Over nine centuries, the shrine was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The version seen here was rededicated by Vespasian after the Augustan temple had been damaged in the fire of AD 64.


    View all of [The Golden Gate Collection ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    3rd Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 542

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 26 days left to consign to the 2020 February 20 - 24 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I was very pleased when you handled the sale of my husband’s coin collection.
    Victoria L.,
    San Gabriel, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 5-7 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 5-7 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,490,536
    2019 December 5 - 6 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 December 5 - 6 HKINF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED SO FAR $3,850,228
    2019 December 4 - 6 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 December 4 - 6 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,667,425