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Ancients: Vespasian (69 - 79 AD). AE sestertius (35mm, 25.62 gm, 4h). ...

2012 March 8-9 Signature Auction - The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins - New York #3003

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Auction Ended On: Mar 9, 2012
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Description:
Magnificent IVDEA CAPTA sestertius
Vespasian (69 - 79 AD). AE sestertius (35mm, 25.62 gm, 4h). AD 71 Rome. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR P P P COS III; laureate head of Vespasian to r. / IVDEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; palm tree; male captive on l., stands facing r., on r. mourning Jewess sits to r. on cuirass, arms around both figures. Hendin 1500b. RIC 71,161. BMC 543. Rare with IVDEA (vs. IVDAEA) legend. Tiber patina. Impressive Good Extremely Fine.

A truly extraordinary sestertius, with bright orichalcum (brass) surfaces. If one wanted to know what a Roman sestertius looked like "fresh from the mint," with virtually no signs of wear or the usual heavy coating of cupric oxide (patina), one need look no further than this coin. As there are no indications of tooling to remove oxides or patination, one must surmise that the coin was buried in anaerobic conditions such as might be encounted in a stream bed (hence the term "Tiber patina") or peat bog. Roman sestertii excavated from the bog sites at the fortress of Vindolanda in Northern Britain often display a similar "freshly struck" appearence.

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