Vespasian, 69-79 A.D. Sestertius. Jewish War Commemorative Issue, JUDEA CAPTA.
Vespasian, 69-79 A.D. Sestertius, Struck c.71 A.D. Jewish War Commemorative Issue, JUDEA CAPTA.
Weight: 23.68, Diameter: 32mm.
Provenance: Metal detecting find, July 2019. Close to the river Trent, Marton Village, Lincolnshire. Near the Roman Town (Littlleborough), and river crossing on the Roman Road from Lincoln to York.
Obv: Laureate bust right, legend MP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III. Rev: Palm-tree, Vespasian standing left of tree holding a spear and a parazonium, his left foot resting on a helmet, Judaea seated right of tree, SC in exergue, legend IVDAEA CAPTA.
The Judaea Capta series of coins (also Judea Capta) were a series of commemorative coins originally issued by the Roman Emperor Vespasian to celebrate the capture of Judaea and the destruction of the Jewish Second Temple by his son Titus in 70 A.D. during the First Jewish Revolt. There are several variants of the coinage. This Sestertius displays on the reverse a personification of Judaea seated below a palm tree, with his hands bound behind his back, the standing figure of the victorious Emperor beside.
A reference from the Bible (KJV 1611)which may be specifically referring to the revolt: "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory." Isaiah 3:8.
The coin has a slightly porrus surface, a nice green patina. Some legends worn however the main body of the coin in good overall condition.
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