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Vespasian's Deification

Divus Vespasian (69 - 79 AD). AV aureus (20mm, 7.33 gm, 6h). Struck by Titus, AD 80-81, Rome. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS (outward); laureate head of Vespasian to r. / EX S C across fields; draped Victory strides l. with both hands placing shield on a trophy; mourning Jewess sits l. below. Hendin 1581. RIC 230,363. Cohen 143. BN 89. Rare. Superb.

Ex Sotheby's Zurich 11-28-1986, 29.

The death and deification of Vespasian in AD 79 was marked by an extensive commemorative coinage struck by his son and successor Titus. Chief among the regime's accomplishments so celebrated was the conquest of Judaea, figuratively depicted on the reverse of this splendid and rare gold aureus.



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