A. Plautius AR Denarius, First Judea Capta theme coin, BACCHIVS IVDAEVS, 55 B.C.E.

Ancient Coins - A. Plautius AR Denarius, First Judea Capta theme coin, "BACCHIVS IVDAEVS", 55 B.C.E.
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A. PLAUTIUS AR DENARIUS, "BACCHIVS IVDAEVS" - FIRST JUDAEA CAPTA COIN, 55 B.C.E.

 

Sydenham 932. Crawford 431/1, RSC Plautia 13, Hendin 1443, 18.3mm, 3.99 grams

 

Obverse: Turreted head of Cybele right, surrounded by inscription

Reverse: Bacchius presumed to be Aristobulus kneels right, camel at side, extending olive branch, IVDAEVS on right, BACCHIVS in exergue

 

Bacchius is unknown to history as the name of the ruler but scholars explain the meaning of the coin as a Roman Judaea submission type, and the first one at that. As the coin was struck at the time of the defeat of Aristobulus AND includes the caption IVDAEVS it evidently refers to the submission of Aristobulus the High Priest to Pompey. There is also a similar denarius (although much more common) of the ally of Aristobulus depicting him in submission as well and clearly naming him ARETAS, thus making this attribution for Aristobulus pretty airtight. See Hendin's GBC page 404.

 

Nicely struck important historic denarius with dark collection toning and COMPLETE camel, figure and inscription on the reverse!

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