Copper 'as' of the emperor Vespasian
Roman, issued in AD71
This copper coin was worth one sixteenth of a silver denarius. It was issued at the mint in Rome and the obverse bears the laureate head of the emperor Vespasian. In his youth he had commanded the 2nd legion, one of the four invading legions in AD43, which had been responsible for subduing the south-west of the country. The SC on the reverse is found on the brass and copper coinage of the first three centuries AD and shows that the Roman Senate had a responsibility for the issuing of coinage: Senatus- Consultum - by decree of the Senate.