David Atherton Posted July 31, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 31, 2022 (edited) I couldn't pass this one up! Incredible history combined with a neat modern provenance and offered at a cheap price - what more could you ask for? Titus as Caesar [Vespasian] Æ20, 6.42g Caesarea Maritima mint, 71-73 AD Obv: AYTOKP TITOΣ KAIΣAP; Head of Titus, laureate, r. Rev: ΙΟΥΔΑΙΑΣ ΕΑΛWΚΥΙΑΣ; Nike standing to r., foot on helmet, inscribing a shield set on a palm tree RPC 2311 (28 spec.). Hendin 1446. Acquired from Zuzim, July 2022. Ex H. Nussbaum Collection, purchased from George Moomjian, 60's-70's. The Roman authorities in Judaea struck a localised 'Judaea Capta' issue at the Caeserea Maritima mint early in the reign of Vespasian. The series, featuring the reverse legend 'Judaea Capta' in Greek, strongly echoes the imperial bronze types produced at Rome and Lugdunum. The Judaean issue likely dates around the time the imperial ones were struck in the spring and summer of 71, perhaps not long after the celebratory 'victory lap' Titus enjoyed in the immediate aftermath of the siege of Jerusalem. It is interesting to note this coin would have circulated in the very region where the Jewish Revolt took place. The emphasis on Titus Caesar the conqueror of Jerusalem is readily evident. A true Judaea Capta! This specimen is the more common variant of the type with the shield mounted on the palm tree. The modern provenance is of interest too. Purchased from one of the old time Jerusalem dealers in the 1960's or 70's mentioned by David Hendin in his Guide to Biblical Coins. Thanks for looking! Edited July 31, 2022 by David Atherton 23 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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