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    Vespasian (AD 69 - 79). AE sestertius (32mm, 25.68 gm, 5h). AD 71, Rome. IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; laureate head of Vespasian to r. / S C in exergue; Vespasian stands l., r. foot on prow, holding Victory and vertical spear; before him Jew kneels r., holding out hands and Jewess advances r. with extended right arm holding branch, palm tree on far l. Hendin 1513, RIC 76, 249. BN 612. Samuels 148 (this coin, described as COS IIII). Some obverse roughness. Extremely rare. Good Very Fine.

    Ex NFA Fall Mail Bid Sale (18 October 1990), Lot 1518.

    An extraordinary depiction of the subjugation of Judaea, this sestertius depicts the Jews as actually welcoming and thanking their oppressor. While seemingly fanciful, it should be noted that many thousands of Jews benefited from, or at least were resigned to, Roman rule and did not support the rebellion.


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