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ID:     25-053
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     JUDAEA
City:     Ascalon
Issuer:     Civic Issue
Date Ruled:     Time of Vespasian, A.D. 69-79
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 19
Date Struck:     AD 76-77
Diameter:     14.9 mm
Weight:     3.37 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right; c/m L·X (10th legion)
Reverse Legend:     ΠP/AΣ
Reverse Description:     War galley
Primary Reference:     RPC 2205
Reference2:     SNG ANS 683
Reference3:     Rosenberger 55
Photograph Credit:     Agora Auctions, Inc.
Grade:     aFine
Notes:     (1) Agora Auction 25: Lot No. 53; (2) Legio X Fretensis countermark. This Legion was founded between 41 and 40 B.C. by Octavian, with the intention to put an end to Sextus Pompeius' occupation of Sicily'which jeopardized the grain supply to Rome. The name Fretensis was given to the legion because it guarded the Straits of Messina. Legion X was active in many of Rome's most famous battles, including the Battle of Actium, the Jewish Wars, and the wars against the Armenians and Parthians. Legion X is recorded to have existed at least until the 410's. Veterans of Legion X retired to Patras in western Greece.; (3) Ex A.K. collection with ticket Time of Vespasian, A.D. 69-79