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Sale 109

Lot 2109

Nerva. Æ Sestertius (24.07 g), AD 96-98. Rome, AD 97. IMP NERVA CAE[S AVG] P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head of Nerva right. Reverse: FISCI IVDAICI [CALVMNIA SVBL]ATA, S C across field, palm tree with two large bunches of dates. Hendin 1603b; RIC 82; BMC 105; BN 97. Scratches and marks on both obverse and reverse. Still a most desirable specimen. Sharpness of Very Fine. Estimate Value $5,000 - 7,000
Nerva's "Fisci Ivdaici" Sestertius: According to the Roman historian Suetonius: "More than any other, the Fiscus Iudaicus was administered very severely; and to it were brought, or reported, those who either had lived the life of a Jew unprofessed, or concealing their origin, had not paid the tax imposed upon by the people. I remember that it was of interest to me during my youth when a ninety-year-old man was brought before the procurator and a very crowded court to see whether he was circumcised."

Realized $3,180

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