, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Charachmoba,
Coins of Charachmoba (Kerak, Jordan today) were struck only for and are very . Kerak has been inhabited since at least the Iron Age. It was an important city for the Moabites. In the Bible it is called Qer Harreseth or Kir of Moab and was subject to the Assyrian empire; in the Books of Kings (16:9) and Book of Amos (1:5, 9:7), it is mentioned as the place where the Syrians went before they settled in the regions of , and to which Tiglath-Pileser III sent the prisoners after the conquest of . It became important in the late Hellenistic Period, and eventually fell under Nabataean rule. Rome took it in 105 A.D., with support from the Arab Ghassanid tribe (who live in there). Today Karak is best known for the crusader's Kerak Castle.RP72143. Bronze AE 23, 1; 1; p. 27, 1; p. 157 and pl. 134, 1; 276 var (retrograde rev leg); -, VF, nice green , a few pits, 7.750 g, maximum 22.9 mm, 135o, Charachmoba (Kerak, Jordan) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; AV K M AV ANTWNINO, laureate, draped and right, from behind, flower ( ?) in right ; XAPAX MWBA, standing facing, head left, wearing , , and mantle, holding rudder by tiller in right, in left; none of the references mention the flower (or ) on the , but it may have originally been present on most specimens; very ; $550.00 (€478.50)
, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., ,
, , the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel. It is the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. The city was refounded as Neopolis after the suppression of the Jewish Revolt. Nablus is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.JD72682. Bronze AE 20, pl. 53,122; 59; BMC p. 62, 111; 1510, gVF, nice green with earthen highlighting, typical , 7.492 g, maximum 20.2 mm, 0o, mint, IOYΛIA MAICA CEB, draped right wearing ; ΦΛ NEAC-ΠOΛE •CVP•, standing facing, head left, holding rudder by tiller in right, in left; ; $250.00 (€217.50)
, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Gaza, Philistia
The great god of Gaza, Marnas (Aramaic Marna the "Lord"), was regarded as the god of rain, and grain, and invoked against famine. His temple, the Marneion, the last surviving great cult center of paganism, was burned by order of the Roman emperor in 402. Treading upon the sanctuary's paving-stones had been forbidden. Christians later used these same to pave the public marketplace.
GB90137. Bronze AE 16, 103 (same obv die, rev date-ethnic reversed)/104 (same rev die, diff obv leg); II 78/79 (same); -; -, VF, both sides sightly off center, 4.174 g, maximum 16.2 mm, 0o, Gaza mint, Aug 141 - 7 Mar 142 A.D.; CEBAC - ANTWNEI-NO-C, laureate head right; ΓAZA - BC (year 202), standing facing, nude, club downward in right, skin in left, Phoenician letter mem (for Marnas) lower left; ex Coin Galleries mail bid sale 6 Nov 1996, lot 281; ; $125.00 (€108.75)
, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., , Palestina
, , the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel. It is the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.RP72145. Bronze AE 24, II 45 var; 996 var; p. 55 & pl. 52, 104 - 105 var; p. 61, 104 var (all slightly different rev. ), F, rough, spots of encrustation, 8.503 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 180o, (Nablus, Israel) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; AVT K - ANTWNINOC, laureate, draped and seen from behind; ΦΛ NE−ACΠ−OΛ−EΩC - CYP ΠA ( Palestina), with peaked roof, and central arch, standing left within, wearing turreted crown and short , holding in right hand, spear vertical in left; ; $115.00 (€100.05)
, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Nysa Scythopolis,
Nysa Scythopolis (Beth Shean) was the center of Egyptian rule in the northern of Canaan during the Late Bronze Period.
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see Beth Shean at BiblePlaces.com.RP73078. Bronze AE 24, 85, 59, 59, aF, 9.195 g, maximum 24.1 mm, 180o, Nysa-Scythopolis mint, 240 - 241 A.D.; AVT K M ANT GOP∆IANOC CEB, laureate, draped and right, from behind; NVC CKVΘOΠO IEPAC V, Dionysus advancing right, flying behind, in right, placing left hand on head of small figure standing at feet before him, left but looking back right behind him, grape bunch upper right, ∆−T (year 304) divided across ; ; $100.00 (€87.00)
, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria,
In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, marched them to Verona, where he defeated and killed . Philip's eleven-year-old son and heir was likely killed with his father.RP57198. , 1043; 473; 559; 464; cf. 268 (attributed to ), VF, 12.178 g, maximum 27.3 mm, 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 249 A.D.; AYTOK K M IOYΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB, laureate, draped and right, from behind; ∆HMAPX EΞOYCIAC YΠA TO ∆, standing left, wings spread, head left, open wreath in beak, ANTIOXIA / S C below; $95.00 (€82.65)
, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Rabbathmoba,
Rabbathmoba, probably the Biblical Ir-Moab, was conquered by Alexander Jannaeus. Its ruins are 18 kilometers of Kerak in Jordan.RP72140. Bronze AE 24, 29b; , p. 44, 5 var (date P − ∆); 15 var (same); -; -, aF, green highlighting , porous, 8.987 g, maximum 24.1 mm, 315o, Rabbathmoba mint, 209 - 210 A.D.; AVT KAIC ANTΩNINOC CEB, laureate, draped and right, from behind; PABAΘMOVBHNΩN, Poseidon standing left, nude, foot on prow, in right, trident vertical behind in left, ∆ − P (year 104) divided across ; $90.00 (€78.30)
, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra, Provincia
UNESCO describes Petra as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." The BBC selected Petra as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die."RX73104. Bronze AE 24, cf. Soefar 31 (very similar crude variant); 2281; 28 ff. (all slightly different in some way); -; Meshorer-; -, aVF, centers not fully struck, closed crack, 8.759 g, maximum 24.4 mm, 180o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; AY K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate right, bare shoulders from behind; A∆(P) ΠE(TPA) MHTPOΠOΛIC (or similar), seated left on rock, wearing turreted crown, veil, long and mantle, right hand extended, open and empty, over left shoulder in left hand; $65.00 (€56.55)
, , 174 - 150 B.C.
has been inhabited since very early in prehistory. In the years before Christianity, had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and finally Romans. is mentioned by the prophets Isaiah (e.g. Isaiah 23:2,4,12), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:22, 27:3, 47:4), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 27:8, 28:21, 32:30) and Joel (Joel 3:4). Jesus visited on (Matthew 15:21, Mark 3:8, Mark 7:24, Luke 6:17). Paul sailed for Rome from (Acts 27:3,4).GB90873. Bronze AE 19, p. 155, 87; 209; 5958; -, F, bevelled edge, center dimples, 4.277 g, maximum 18.7 mm, 90o, mint, 174 - 150 B.C.; turreted head of right, letter or letters behind(?); rudder horizontal with blade left, Phoenician in two lines above and two below: "Of the Sidonians, the of Kambe, of Hippo, of Kition, and of Tyre"; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $45.00 (€39.15)
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