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    Superb Judaea Capta

    Vespasian (AD 69-79). AE sestertius (31mm, 19.71 gm, 6h). NGC AU★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Judaea Capta issue. Rome, AD 71. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head of Vespasian right / IVDAEA-CAPTA, Jewess, in attitude of mourning, seated right on cuirass beneath palm tree; emperor standing right at left, parazonium in left hand, scepter in right, left foot on helmet; S C in exergue. RIC II 167. Hendin 1504. An absolutely stunning sestertius, made even more desirable with the Judaean commemorative reverse. Easily among the most attractive examples known and the highest graded specimen with the coveted star designation for superior eye appeal.

    Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XVI (26 September 2018), lot 696; B&H Kreindler, private sale; Goldberg, Auction 98 (6 June 2017), lot 1696 (described as "sharpness of Extremely Fine...under close microscopic inspection, we have determined that the surfaces have been expertly smoothed and the letters strengthened." It is the opinion of Heritage and NGC the coin is original, however we are including all of the known opinions for accuracy.); Brody Family Collection, part I (The New York Sale XXXIX, 10 January 2017), lot 236 (cover coin); Abraham Bromberg Collection, part II (Superior Galleries, 10 December 1992), lot 611.

    This magnificent Judaea Capta sestertius is part of the propaganda campaign touting Vespasian's victory in the Jewish War. The figure of Judaea is shown in an attitude of mourning, while the emperor stands behind in a display of might. Such images, while supremely brutal to modern eyes, were to the Romans justified and indeed glorious - the rebellious Jews having broken faith with their overlords and killed tens of thousands of Roman soldiers and civilians. The IVDAEA CAPTA propaganda helped consolidate Vespasian's hold on power in the wake of the disastrous civil wars of AD 69.


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