Israel Museum

A Judea Capta coin, minted in Rome in 71 A.D., is one of a series which celebrates the Roman Emperor Vespasian’s victory over Judea. On this gold aureus, Vespasian’s profile is encircled by the Latin inscription IMP[erator] CAESAR VESPASIANUS AUG[USTUS]. The reverse side shows defeated Judea, portrayed as a woman, seated next to a palm tree, her hands bound behind her back; below is the inscription IUDAEA.