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Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.RX86439. Billontetradrachm, Geissen 276; Milne 393; BMC Alexandria p. 29, 236; Curtis 262; Emmett 205, RPC I 2412; Dattari 360 corr. (obv. leg.), VF, well centered, porous, edge cracks, weight 13.323 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 69 - 28 Aug 70 A.D.; obverse AYTOK KAIΣ ΣEBA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, laureate head right, LB (year 2) before; reverseVictory flying left, filleted wreath in extended right hand, palm frond in left hand; from the Lucas Harsh Collection, ex Vaughn Rare Coin Gallery; $70.00 (Ä59.50)
Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., Tribute Penny of Matthew 22:20-21
Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was Caesar, He said, ''Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since Tiberius was Caesar at the time, this denariustype is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.SH54544. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 4, 150; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 48; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, F, weight 2.943 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverseTI CAESARDIVI AVG FAVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reversePONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; from the Lucas Harsh collection; SOLD
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta Commemorative by Titus
One 23 June 79 A.D. Vespasian died from fever and diarrhea. Known for his humor, his last words on his deathbed were, "I think I'm turning into a god." Titus succeeded his father as Roman emperor and issued this coin to commemorate his father's Victory in Judaea and his consecration.RS62351. Silver denarius, SRCV I 2565, RSC II 144, RIC II T364, BMCRE II T112, F, weight 2.742 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverseDIVVSAVGVSTVSVESPASIANVS, laureate head right; reverseVictory standing left, placing a shield on a trophy with both hands, mourning Jewess seated left at the base of the trophy, EX - S C divided across field; from the Lucas Harsh collection, ex Sayles and Lavender; SOLD