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Triton XXII, Lot: 731. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JUDAEA, Herodians. Agrippa I, with Claudius. 37-43 CE. Æ (26mm, 10.33 g, 12h). Caesarea Maritima mint. Dated RY 8 of Agrippa (43/4 CE). [TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAP ΣE]BAΣTOΣ ΓEP[M], laureate head of Claudius right; c/m: head left within oval incuse / [BAΣIΛE]YΣ MEΓ[AΣ AΓP]IΠΠA[Σ], Claudius and Agrippa standing facing one another, each holding patera, within distyle temple; between, torso of figure holding uncertain object above [victimarius kneeling left, restraining offering]; L H (date) in pediment. Burnett, Coinage 10; Hendin 1249a; Meshorer 125a; RPC I 4984; for c/m: Howgego 156. Near VF, green patina, cleaning scratches. Rare and with nice detail for issue.

Burnett believed the scene on the reverse represented the consecration of the treaty between Claudius and Agrippa (see previous lot). Although Josephus and Suetonius place the rites of the treaty, which included the sacrifice of a pig, in the Roman Forum, Burnett argued that they instead took place at the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus. Following Burnett’s interesting argument, this rare Judaean bronze not only represents a religious ceremony before the holiest temple of Rome, but accurately depicts a victimarius (sacrificial assistant) about to kill a pig.