Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Rare gold aureus from the reign of Roman emperor Vespasian

A Dutch coin dealer is currently offering what may be only the second known example of a rare gold aureus from early in the reign of Roman emperor Vespasian (69-79 CE). The coin was struck around 70 CE and was part of an increase in mint activity to supply coins to Roman soldiers involved in the First Jewish War of 66-73. General and future emperor Vespasian was tasked with quelling the rebellious Judea. His son and also future emperor, Titus, served as second-in-command.

Vespasian was proclaimed emperor after the suicide of Nero and left for Rome, leaving Titus in charge, where he sacked Jerusalem in 70 CE. He was the fourth, and last, in the Year of the Four Emperors.