Choice Very Fine Emperor Vespasian Cappadocia, Caesarea silver hemidrachm (1/2 drachm) coin.
Roman Provincial coinage, approx 15mm, 1.85g, toned.
Minted for Emperor Vespasian from 69 to 79 CE, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, father of Emperors Titus & Domitian.
Sear Greek Imperial Coins 735.
Certified by NGC to Ch VF.
Obverse: laureate head facing right, titles in Greek.
Reverse: Nike advancing right holding wreath and palm.
Nike or Victory was the personification military Victory by the Roman Legions.
In the year 6 CE, Caesarea became the seat of the Roman procurators of Provincia Judaea and headquarters of the 10th Roman Legion. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the city expanded and became one of most important in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, classified as the "Metropolis of the Province of Syria Palaestina."
According to the 1st-century historian Flavius Josephus, the Jewish revolt against Rome, which culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 ce, was touched off by an incident at Caesarea in 66 CE.