Ancient Coins (27 September 2011)

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Date of Auction: 27th September 2011

Sold for £125,000

Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000

Roman Imperial coins, Vespasian (69-79), Aureus, Rome c. 69-70, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right, rev. IUDAEA, Judaea seated right in mourning, hands bound behind back; palm tree to left, 7.17g/5h (RIC 3; BMC -; CBN -; Calicó 644 [this coin]; Hendin 1465). Metal flaw on back of neck, otherwise extremely fine with lustre £20,000-25,000

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Provenance: Numismatic Fine Arts 8 December 1992, 228

Vespasian’s successful bid for the empire stemmed largely from his success in the Jewish War of 66-70.