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    Vespasian. 69-79 AD. Sestertius, 26.35g (6h). Rome, 72-3 AD. Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII Head laureate right. Rx: IVDAEA - CAPTA around, S C in exergue, Judaea seated right in attitude of mourning under palm tree, on other side of tree emperor standing right in military dress, placing left foot on [helmet], holding spear and parazonium. Unpublished reverse type for Vespasian in 72-3 AD. Cf. RIC 422 (Titus, same date) and RIC 167 Vespasian, preceding year). Dark green patination. Fine.

    From the Harry Alderman Collection.

    Apparently only the third recorded IVDAEA CAPTA sestertius of Vespasian as COS IIII, and a new type for the issue: RIC 375-6 reports for this issue only two unique coins with different IVDAEA CAPTA types. Our obverse, moreover, has the rare variant legend form for sestertii of this issue, with VESPASIAN instead of the usual VESPAS. Though the reading COS IIII rather than COS III on our coin seems clear, confirmation from another specimen from the same obverse die would nonetheless be welcome. Indeed a coin in Munich with reverse ROMA S C, Roma standing left, seems to be from that same obverse die and was catalogued by Kraay in his unpublished Oxford dissertation as showing COS III, but to judge from Kraay's photograph, pl. XXXII, A238, the coin is corroded and the consular number may actually be illegible. This coin too may originally have shown COS IIII, and if so would provide a second new variant for Vespasian's sestertii of this issue, like RIC 381 but with VESPASIAN not VESPAS in the obverse legend.


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