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22 May 2022 14:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich

Wonderful Judaea Capta sestertius

Estimate: 60000 CHF
Hammer Price: 85000 CHF
Lot 397

Vespasian, 69-79. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34.5 mm, 30.40 g, 7 h), Judaea Capta issue, Rome, 71. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. IVDAEA CAPTA / S C On the right, mourning Jewess seated to right at the base of a palm tree; to left, the emperor standing right, holding spear in right hand and parazonium in left, and with his left foot resting on a helmet set on the ground. BMC 546. BN 497-8. Cohen 239. Hendin 6th edition, 6534a. RIC II.1, 167. A marvelous portrait of Vespasian, and with an olive-green patina. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.

From a European collection, and from the Shoshana Collection (= Casden), Heritage 3003, 8 March 2012, 20524.

This remarkable coin, with its noble head of Vespasian, was part of one of the festive issues struck to commemorate the effective end of the Jewish War (it actually didn't end until the fall of Masada in 74) and shows either the emperor Vespasian (or perhaps the actual victor, Titus) standing and facing a palm tree (symbol of Judaea) and mourning Jewess. The reason why the victory over the Jews was so important to Vespasian and his sons was simple: their more important victory, the one over Vitellius that both ended the Roman Civil Wars and established the Flavians on the imperial throne, was against Roman citizens, and, thus, could not be celebrated.

Online bidding closes: 22 May 2022, 09:00:00 CEST Current Date & Time: 20 Aug 2022, 04:35:00 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer price:85000 CHF

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