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Lot 4140

Vespasian, AD 69-79 AD. AE Sestertius (33.5g) minted at Rome, AD 71. IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P PP COS III. Laureate head right of Vespasian. Reverse: IVDAEA CAPTA. Palm tree; to left, bound male captive standing right; to right, Judaea seated right, in mourning; to left and right on groundline, arms; in exergue, S C. RIC 424; cf. Sear 2325 (obverse legend). Uniform dark brown patina. Extremely Fine.

This celebrated type is part of the large series issued by Vespasian early in his reign (mostly in AD 71) celebrating the quelling of the Jewish uprising known as the "First Revolt" or the "Jewish War." When Vespasian left the East to make his bid for the imperial throne, he left his elder son Titus in charge of the military operations in Judaea. Jerusalem was captured in September AD 70, and the following year father and son staged a magnificent triumph through the streets of Rome. The event was commemorated by the Arch of Titus which was erected early in the reign of Vespasian's younger son, Domitian, and still stands today near the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
The Hunter Collection.

Realized $18,400

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