Silver denarius of the emperor Vespasian
Roman, issued in the period AD69-71
Found in Winchester, Hampshire
This coin was issued at the mint at Rome and the obverse bears the head of the emperor Vespasian wearing a laureate crown. 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 Roman city of Winchester, known as Venta Belgarum, was founded around AD70 when Vespasian ruled.