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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 (220.00)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Gaza, Philistia

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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 Arcadius in 402. Treading upon the sanctuary's paving-stones had been forbidden. Christians later used these same stones to pave the public marketplace.
GB90137. Bronze AE 16, Sofaer 103 (same obv die, rev date-ethnic reversed)/104 (same rev die, diff obv leg); Rosenberger II 78/79 (same); BMC Palestine -; SNG Cop -, VF, both sides sightly off center, weight 4.174 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Gaza mint, Aug 141 - 7 Mar 142 A.D.; obverse CEBAC - ANTWNEI-NO-C, laureate head right; reverse ΓAZA - BC (year 202), Herakles standing facing, nude, club downward in right, Nemean lion skin in left, Phoenician letter mem (for Marnas) lower left; ex Coin Galleries mail bid sale 6 Nov 1996, lot 281; rare; $125.00 (110.00)


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Neapolis, Syria Palestina

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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. Neapolis is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.
RP72145. Bronze AE 24, Rosenberger II 45 var; SNG ANS 996 var; Sofaer p. 55 & pl. 52, 104 - 105 var; BMC Palestine p. 61, 104 var (all slightly different rev. legend), F, rough, spots of encrustation, weight 8.503 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Neapolis (Nablus, Israel) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AVR - ANTWNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust seen from behind; reverse ΦΛ NE−ACΠ−OΛ−EΩC - CYP ΠA (Flavia Neapolis Syria Palestina), Tetrastyle temple with peaked roof, pediment and central arch, Tyche standing left within, wearing turreted crown and short chiton, holding bust in right hand, spear vertical in left; rare; $115.00 (101.20)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Nysa Scythopolis, Decapolis

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Nysa Scythopolis (Beth Shean) was the center of Egyptian rule in the northern part of Canaan during the Late Bronze Period.


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RP73078. Bronze AE 24, Barkay 85, Spijkerman 59, Sofaer 59, aF, weight 9.195 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nysa-Scythopolis mint, 240 - 241 A.D.; obverse AVT K M ANT GOP∆IANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse NVC CKVΘOΠO IEPAC V, Dionysus advancing right, chlamys flying behind, thyrsos in right, placing left hand on head of small figure standing at feet before him, panther left but looking back right behind him, grape bunch upper right, ∆−T (year 304) divided across field; rare; $100.00 (88.00)


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 (83.60)


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Rabbathmoba, Arabia

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Rabbathmoba, probably the Biblical Ir-Moab, was conquered by Alexander Jannaeus. Its ruins are 18 kilometers north of Kerak in Jordan.
RP72140. Bronze AE 24, Spijkerman 29b; BMC Arabia, p. 44, 5 var (date P − ∆); Rosenberger 15 var (same); SNG ANS -; Sofaer -, aF, green highlighting patina, porous, weight 8.987 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 315o, Rabbathmoba mint, 209 - 210 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC ANTΩNINOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse PABAΘMOVBHNΩN, Poseidon standing left, nude, foot on prow, dolphin in right, trident vertical behind in left, ∆ − P (year 104) divided across field; $90.00 (79.20)


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Canata, Decapolis

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Catana, Qanawat Syria today, is probably the city called Kenath in the Bible (Numbers 32:42, 1 Chronicles 2:23). The Hellenistic-Roman city of Kanatha, is mentioned for the first time in the reign of Herod the Great, when Nabataean forces defeated a Jewish army. It remained an issue of contention between the two powers. From Pompey's time until Trajan's, it was a city of the Decapolis, a loose federation of cities allowed by the Romans to enjoy a degree of autonomy. Under Trajan, it was annexed to the Roman province of Syria. Septimius Severus refounded it as the Roman colony Septimia Canatha and transferred it to the province of Arabia.
RP73452. Bronze AE 13, RPC II 2092; Spijkerman 4; Rosenberger 3; SNG ANS 1259; BMC Galatia p. 302,, F, weight 2.373 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 90o, Canata (Qanawat, Syria) mint, 94 - 95 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITI KAIΣA, laureate head left; reverse towered and draped bust of Tyche left, hair in chignon, KANATA downward behind, ZNP (year 157 of Pompeian era) upward on left; rare; $80.00 (70.40)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra, Provincia Arabia

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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); SGICV 2281; Spijkerman 28 ff. (all slightly different in some way); SNG ANS -; Meshorer-; Rosenberger -, aVF, centers not fully struck, closed crack, weight 8.759 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AY K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate bust right, bare shoulders from behind; reverse A∆(P) ΠE(TPA) MHTPOΠOΛIC (or similar), Tyche seated left on rock, wearing turreted crown, veil, long chiton and mantle, right hand extended, open and empty, trophy over left shoulder in left hand; $65.00 (57.20)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Sepphoris, Galilee

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Sepphoris, also known as Tzipori, Diocaesaraea, Saffuriya, and in Crusader times as La Sephorie, is a village and an archaeological site located in the central Galilee region of Israel, 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) north-northwest of Nazareth. It lies 286 m above sea level and overlooks the Beit Netofa Valley. In late Christian tradition it was believed to be the birthplace of Mary, mother of Jesus. Since Sepphoris was only five miles north of Nazareth, Jesus and Joseph may have found work in Antipas' rebuilding projects. Sepphoris was built on a hill and visible for miles. This may be the city that Jesus spoke of when he said, "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."
JD76623. Bronze AE 23, BMC Palestine p. 1, 5; Rosenberger 44; Sofaer 2; SNG ANS 1088; SNG Cop 3, aF, weight 7.397 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Sepphoris (Diocaesarea) mint, 98 - 117 A.D.; obverse TPAIANOΣ AYTOKPATΩP E∆ΩKEN, laureate head right; reverse ΣEΠ−ΦΩ/PH−NΩN, eight-branched palm bearing two bunches of dates; $40.00 (35.20)







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