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    Ex Shoshana Collection Bithynian Judaea Capta Issue

    KOINON OF BITHYNIA. Asia Minor. Titus, as Caesar (79-81 AD). AE (29mm, 13.95 gm, 6h). NGC AU★ 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. M. Maecius Rufus, proconsul of Bithynia under Vespasian. AYTOKPA TITOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣ YIOΣ, laureate head of Titus right / EΠI M MAIKIOY POYΦOY ANΘYΠATOY (in the proconsulship of M. Maecius Rufus); palm tree; cuirass, two spears, and helmet to left, two spears and shield to right. Hendin 1575. RIC II 604. RPC II 612. Waddington Rec. Gen. pl. XXXV,10. Samuels 139 (this coin). Very rare, particularly in this state of preservation. Natural green-red patina.

    From the James Dines "Original Goldbug" Collection. Ex Shoshana Collection (Heritage Auctions 3003, 8 March 2012), lot 20539

    This provincial Roman coin, attributed to the Koinon of Bithynia, is clearly related to the Jewish War. RPC II p. 97 notes that this coin has "...significance beyond Bithynia: the palm tree with obverse of Titus is a clear allusion to Titus' participation in the defeat of Judaea...".


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