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Cities in the Bible

The coins below were minted by cities that are mentioned in the bible. Click here to read about the travels of Paul.

Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria

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Neapolis, Samaria, 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 Flavia 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, Sofaer pl. 53,122; Rosenberger 59; BMC Samaria p. 62, 111; Lindgren III 1510, gVF, nice green patina with earthen highlighting, typical tight flan, weight 7.492 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Neapolis mint, obverse IOYΛIA MAICA CEB, draped bust right wearing stephane; reverse ΦΛ NEAC-ΠOΛE •CVP•, Tyche standing facing, head left, holding rudder by tiller in right, cornucopia in left; rare; $250.00 (€217.50)

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Gadara, Decapolis, Provincia Arabia

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Gadara, located on a mountain summit about 6 miles south-east of the Sea of Galilee, was the capital of the Roman province Peraea. Mark (5:1) and Luke (8:26-39) describe the miracle healing of a demoniac (Matthew [8:28-34] says two demoniacs) in the country of the Gadarenes.
RP72132. Bronze AE 21, RPC Online 6688, Sofaer 62 (ΓMC) = Rosenberger IV 66, Spijkerman 65 (ΓMC), cf. SNG ANS 1319 (EMC), BMC Galatia -, Meshorer City Coin -, gF, well centered and struck, near black patina with red earthen encrustation, weight 5.846 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Gadara (Um Qais, Jordan) mint, 179 - 180 A.D.; obverse AVT K Λ AVP KOMMO∆ON, laureate head right; reverse ΓA∆APEWN, Tyche standing right, long scepter vertical behind in right hand, cornucopia in left, left foot on galley; small Nike offering wreath atop column on right, ΓMC (year 243 of the Pompeian era) upward on right; scarce; $240.00 (€208.80)

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria

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In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, Trajan Decius marched them to Verona, where he defeated and killed Philip I. Philip's eleven-year-old son and heir was likely killed with his father.
RP57198. Billon tetradrachm, McAlee 1043; Prieur 473; BMC Galatia 559; Dura Coins 464; cf. SNG Cop 268 (attributed to Philip I), VF, weight 12.178 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 249 A.D.; obverse AYTOK K M IOYΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞOYCIAC YΠA TO ∆, eagle standing left, wings spread, head left, open wreath in beak, ANTIOXIA / S C below; $95.00 (€82.65)

Sidon, Phoenicia, 174 - 150 B.C.

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Sidon has been inhabited since very early in prehistory. In the years before Christianity, Sidon had many conquerors: Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and finally Romans. Sidon 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 Sidon on (Matthew 15:21, Mark 3:8, Mark 7:24, Luke 6:17). Paul sailed for Rome from Sidon (Acts 27:3,4).
GB90873. Bronze AE 19, BMC Phoenicia p. 155, 87; SNG Cop 209; SGCV II 5958; Lindgren -, F, bevelled edge, center dimples, weight 4.277 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 90o, Sidon mint, 174 - 150 B.C.; obverse turreted head of Tyche right, letter or letters behind(?); reverse rudder horizontal with blade left, Phoenician inscription in two lines above and two below: "Of the Sidonians, the metropolis of Kambe, of Hippo, of Kition, and of Tyre"; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $45.00 (€39.15)

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