Superb Roman Judaea Capta Sestertius of Titus - 72 AD

A spectacular and rare Roman sestertius of Titus, struck to commemorate victory in the Jewish war; of exceptional style and remarkably free of the smoothing/tooling that plagues Roman bronze coins.

Issued at the Rome mint under Vespasian, 72 AD.

The obverse with the bust of Titus as Caesar, in bold, naturalistic style, reflecting the high point of Flavian verism. The legend reading:

"Titus Caesar Vespasianus, Imperator, Priest, Tribune Power, Twice Consul"

The reverse with Titus on horseback, wearing full military regalia, the horse rearing to the right as he prepares to spear a fallen soldier who holds out his shield in vain. The artist shows Titus dispatching his enemy with effortless ease; a powerful and heroic depiction that would remind viewers of the recent glory of Rome's presumptive heir. The inscription reading:

S C

"By Decree of the Senate"

According to Hendin, this dynamic reverse type is likely to refer to the following passage in Josephus, War of the Jews V: 2.

 

Perhaps the finest example in private hands, in rare, honest condition.

Superb Roman Judaea Capta Sestertius of Titus - 72 AD. A spectacular and rare Roman sestertius of Titus, struck to commemorate victory in the Jewish war; of exceptional style and remarkably free of the smoothing/tooling that plagues Roman bronze coins. Issued at the Rome mint under Vespasian, 72 AD. The obverse with the bust of Titus as Caesar, in bold, naturalistic style, reflecting the high point of Flavian verism. The legend reading: "Titus Caesar Vespasianus, Imperator, Priest, Tribune Power, Twice Consul" The reverse with Titus on horseback, wearing full military regalia, the horse rearing to the right as he prepares to spear a fallen soldier who holds out his shield in vain. The artist shows Titus dispatching his enemy with effortless ease; a powerful and heroic depiction that would remind viewers of the recent glory of Rome's presumptive heir. The inscription reading: S[enatvs] C[onsvlto] "By Decree of the Senate" According to Hendin, this dynamic reverse type is likely to refer to the following passage in Josephus, War of the Jews V: 2.   Perhaps the finest example in private hands, in rare, honest condition.

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