Vespasian AR Denarius. Rome mint, circa 21 December AD 69 - early AD 70.
RIC 2; Cohen 226; BMC 35; Hendin 1479.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: Judea seated right on ground in attitude of mourning, trophy set on shields behind her; IVDAEA in exergue.
Ex: Charles Euston
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
This is a very common coin. It also happens to be one of the most famous ancient coins ever minted. It is a Ivdea Capta denarius. It was minted to commemorate the victory of the Romans over the Judeans of Israel. In particular it was minted to commemorate Vespasian's victory in Judea. On the reverse one can see the personification of Judea seated with trophies behind. One interesting note abut this denarius is the position of the legs of the captive. The legs are stretched out. On many of these the legs are bent more sharply and drawn up.
This is not the usual kind of coin that I collect and the condition is not great. However, this is an iconic coin and one I could no longer ignore so it came home with me. I have not regretted that decision. Maybe one day I will upgrade to an example in better condition.