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Vespasian, 69-79 AD c spring/summer 71
Tenth of the 12 Caesars orichalcum sestertius. Most of Vespasian’s Judaea Capta sestertii were struck in the second issue of the year with obverse VESPASIAN. The third (and final) year issues have only VESPAS only in obverse legend
In response to rioting in Caesarea and Jerusalem Nero granted a special command to Vespasian in 66 A.D. with the objective of settling the revolt in Judaea. In the spring of 67 he set out to subdue Galilee and Jerusalem. By October all of Galilee had been pacified and he set the strategic encirclement of Jerusalem. This was the time Vitellius assumed power. Vespasian diverted his attention to defeat Vitellius and placed the siege of Jerusalem he placed in the hands of his son Titus. Vespasian ordered a the new the Flavian Amphitheatre to be erected in Rome with the vast quantity of treasure seized by the Romans following their victory in the Great Jewish Revolt of 70AD. This structure was later to be named The Roman Coliseum. Obverse laureate Vespasian IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III. Reverse a palm tree is between a standing Jew with hands tied behind him and a mourning seated Jewess IVDAEA CAPTA S C
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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