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A Rare Judaea Capta As

David Atherton

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My latest addition is a fairly scarce Vespasian Judaea Capta as. Admittedly, the condition has a lot to be desired, but beggars (or specialists) can't be choosers when it comes to very rare varieties. You take what you can get.




Æ As, 10.45g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass, head resting on hand, surrounded by arms
RIC 306 (R2). BMC 790. BNC 583. Hendin 1554c.
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, May 2023.

Judaea Capta coins were struck in all metals, but are quite scarce on the middle bronzes. This as from 71 echoes a similar Judaea Capta denarius struck the previous year. Here IVDEA CAPTA is spelled out, on the denarii only IVDAEA is in exergue (note the different spelling between the two denominations). The cuirass and surrounding pile of arms are also missing from the denarius examples. Additionally, this is the extremely rare left facing portrait variety of the type. H. Mattingly in BMCRE II erroneously attributed some of the Judaea Capta asses from the issue to Tarraco, they are actually Rome mint products.


Slightly better (?) in hand.



Thank you for looking!

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Great coin, post, and video!

acquired three of these trophy coins last year. The Hendin 6483 appears as a plate in the Fifth Edition of

Hendin’s Guide to Biblical Coins.





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