Titus Flavius Vespasianus was Roman emperor from AD 69 to AD 79.


Vespasian was an accomplished general, and subjugated Judea during the Jewish rebellion of 66. While Vespasian was besieging Jerusalem, emperor Nero committed suicide and plunged Rome into a year of civil war. After Galba and Otho perished in quick succession, Vitellius became the third emperor in April 69. The legions of Roman Egypt and Judaea reacted by declaring Vespasian, their commander, emperor on 1 July 69. Vitellius was defeated, and Vespasian was declared Emperor by the Senate.

Little information survives about the government during Vespasian's ten-year rule. He built the Colosseum, and seemed to have ruled effectively which helped stabilize the empire.

After his death he was succeeded by his eldest son Titus, thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to be directly succeeded by his own natural son.

My Coins

Vespasian – like all the first 12 emperors – is a pretty popular emperor to collect, which translates into a pretty expensive emperor to collect. I have a single coin of him.

# Reference Obverse Reverse Notes
1 Sear 2299 PON MAX TRP COS V