Judaea Capta Coin of Vespasian
Rome (Italy), 71 C.E.
- 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of the Samuel Friedenberg Collection, X1983-88
- Digital image © 2006 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama
- Describe the pictures on this coin. What do you think they mean?
- Look at the words. Although they are written in Latin, you might be able to recognize some of them or parts of some of them. What clues do they give you about the meaning of the pictures?
- How is this coin similar to or different from the currency we use today? What kinds of images, words, or symbols appear on our money?
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:
After giving students ample opportunity to examine this object, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:
- Why do you think it was so common for portraits of kings and emperors to appear on ancient money? Is it the same reason we put presidents’ faces on our money?
- Coins were often used to publicize important events. Why do you think that is? What methods do governments use to publicize events today? How has technology changed the way we disseminate information?
- Do you think coinage was an improvement over earlier forms of trade? Why?
RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:
- Trade and Commerce in the Ancient World
- Ancient Rome
- The Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE