Estimate: 20 000 USD
Price realized: 31 000 USD
Vespasian. Gold Aureus (7.13 g), AD 69-79. Judaea Capta type. Rome, restoration issue under Trajan, ca. AD 107. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head of Vespasian. Reverse: IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GER DAC P P REST, captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy. RIC 827; Hendin 1601a; Woytek 861; cf. BN 481; BMC; Calicó 706. Extremely Rare. Some minor scattered light scratches and light graffiti. Perfectly centered. Very Fine. Estimate Value $20,000 - 25,000
A Connoisseur's Collection of Ancient Jewish Coins.
Upon Trajan's return to Rome in A.D. 107 after the Dacian Wars, he turned his attention to several massive building projects, which included a new aqueduct, the Aqua Traiana, which brought water from Etruria to feed his new baths, the Via Traiana, a road linking Beneventum and Brundisium, a new harbor at the mouth of the Tiber, and his magnificent new forum, the Forum Traiani with its column which recorded his campaigns in Dacia. In order to finance all the new construction, he had the immense booty taken from the Dacians, but he also recalled the older, worn precious metal coins then in circulation and had it melted and restruck at a slightly lower standard. Most of this newly issued coinage consisted of traditional reverse types. However, he also struck at this time his "restoration" coinage, which copies many of the older types removed from circulation as well as several of his deified predecessors. These copies linked Trajan's regime to Rome's illustrious past, but were struck only in token numbers and are all quite rare today.