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Vespasian; 69-79 AD c 70 AD
Tenth of the 12 Caesars, denarius
Judaea Capta coins were principally commemorative issues of Vespasian (but also his two sons Titus and Domitian who succeeded him). They celebrate the capture of Judaea and the destruction of the Jewish Second Temple during the First Jewish Revolt by Vespasian’s son Titus in 70 AD. The reverse of this coin shows a mourning female (possibly the personification of Jerusalem) seated beside a trophy. The female figure may reflect the prophecy of Isaiah 3:8, 25-26: "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen ... Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn, and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground". Obverse laureate Vespasian IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG . Reverse mourning seated Jewess IVDAEA.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition*

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