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Dedication of the Colosseum on a coin

Dedication of the Colosseum on a coin

Dedication of the Colosseum on a coin

Sestratius (bronze)

Mint: Rome, 80–81 CE

Diam: 33 mm; Weight: 25.92 gr

Extended loan from the David and Cindy Sofer Collection, London

Accession number:

2011.14/1

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

The Colosseum was the largest and most lavish amphitheater built in Rome, where the notorious gladiatorial contests and other typically Roman spectacles were held. The coin exhibited here captures a rare depiction of the structure, with its decorative statues and cheering crowd. The reverse portrays the emperor Titus, who funded the building using spoils of war seized from Judea.