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    Restored Vespasian 'Judaea Capta' Aureus

    Divus Vespasian (died AD 79), restored by Trajan (AD 98-117). AV aureus (19mm, 7.13 gm, 7h). Rome, ca. AD 107. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right / IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GER DAC P P REST, Jewish captive kneeling right below trophy. RIC (Trajan) 827 (R3). Calic├│ 706. Hendin 1601a (obverse legend). Extremely rare! NGC VF 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style, light graffito.

    The restoration issues of Trajan (AD 98-117) were intended to link his regime to the virtues of the Republic and previous deified (and successful) emperors, Vespasian among them. They had the dual purpose of introducing a new, slightly lighter monetary standard for both the gold and silver coinage. Earlier aurei and denarii were recalled, melted down, and replaced both with regular issues of Trajan and "restored" examples of the coins being replaced. These restitution issues were struck only in token numbers and remain extremely rare today.


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    April, 2014
    10th-16th Thursday-Wednesday
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