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Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.
This coin may have been struck to appeal to Pax to deliver peace at the time the First Jewish Revolt was coming to its end. On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D. Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date.
SH87932. Gold aureus
, RIC II-1
28, BnF I
17, BMCRE II
23, Hunter I
I 607, Cohen I
-, SRCV I
-, Choice aVF, well centered, traces of luster in recesses
6.944g, maximum diameter
19.3mm, die axis
, c. Jan - Jun 70 A.D.; obverse
IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS
AVG, laureate head
right; reverse COS ITER TR POT
, Pax seated left, extending olive branch in right hand, winged caduceus
in left hand; $2520.00
Catalog current as of Friday, April 19, 2019.
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