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Judaea, Valerius Gratus, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 15 - 26 A.D.

"And, as a further attestation to what I say of the dilatory nature of Tiberius, I appeal to this his practice itself; for although he were emperor twenty-two years, he sent in all but two procurator to govern the nation of the Jews. Gratus, and his successor in the government, Pilate." - Josephus, antiquities VIII, VI, 5.


Judaea, Valerius Gratus, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 15 - 26 A.D., Extremely Rare Hybrid

Click for a larger photo  SH40205. Bronze prutah, Meshorer TJC 319 (hybrid of 316 obverse and 317 reverse), Hendin - (hybrid of 1332 obverse and 1333 reverse), F, weight 1.426 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, Caesarea mint, 15 - 16 A.D.; obverse [KAI]/CAP (sic), legend within wreath; reverse palm frond flanked by L - B (year 2); extremely rare; $320.00 (278.40)


Judaea, Valerius Gratus, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 15 - 26 A.D.

Click for a larger photo JD83098. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1333, Meshorer TJC 317, VF, bold, weight 1.812 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 15 A.D.; obverse IOY/ΛIA, legend within wreath; reverse palm frond flanked by L - B (year 2); extraordinarily nice for the type; SOLD


Click for a larger photo Variety with Tiberias' name misspelled.SH13128. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1334a, Meshorer TJC 320a, VF, weight 2.01 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 135o, Caesarea mint, 16 A.D.; obverse KAI/CAP (Caesar) within wreath; reverse TIBEIPOY, two crossed cornucopia with caduceus between them, L - Γ in outer fields; nice green patina; rare; SOLD



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THE PALM: THE PALM DEPICTED IS THE DATE PALM. THE TREE WAS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA WHERE PALM TREES GROW IN GREATER NUMBERS THAN THE SURROUNDING AREAS (THE ROMANS ALSO USED THE DATE PALM AS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA ON JUDAEA CAPTA COINS). THE PALM ALSO SYMBOLIZED ABUNDANCE AND PLENTY, DIGNITY, ROYAL HONOR, JUBILATION AND VICTORY, AND WAS USED IN RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS.


THE GRAPE AND GRAPE VINE: GRAPES, THE VINE AND WINE WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ANCIENT ECONOMY AND RITUAL. GRAPES WERE BROUGHT TO THE TEMPLE AS OFFERINGS OF THE FIRST-FRUITS AND WINE WAS OFFERED UPON THE ALTAR. THE VINE AND GRAPES DECORATED THE SACRED VESSELS IN THE SANCTUARY AND A GOLDEN VINE WITH CLUSTERS OF GRAPES STOOD AT ITS ENTRANCE.

Catalog current as of Sunday, April 19, 2015.
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