Volusian, c. November 251 - July or August 253 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria
Neapolis, Samaria, the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel, 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 Jewish Revolt. Nablus is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.
JD36449. Bronze AE 21, SNG ANS 1041, aVF, weight 5.918 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Neapolis mint, 251 - 253 AD.; obverse AVT KAIC G OVI TPEBO V[...], radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseFL NEAC POLEW, Mount Gerizim surmounted by temple and altar, stairway to temple, colonnade below; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $125.00 (€96.25)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Ascalon, Philistia
Ascalon's era of autonomy, used to date this coin, began in 104 B.C.
RP58764. Bronze AE 24, Rosenberger 143, BMC Palestine 153, SNG ANS var 706 - 712 (date), SNG Cop 37 - 38 var (same), gF, weight 10.630 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 0o, Ascalon mint, 113 - 114 A.D.; obverse CEBACTOS (or similar), laureate head right; reverse ACKALO, Tyche-Astarte standing left on galley, long scepter vertical before in right, aphlaston in left, altar left, dove over ZIC (year 217) right; $80.00 (€61.60)
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Eleutheropolis, Syria Palaestina
Josephus wrote that in 68 A.D. Vespasian "seized upon two villages, which were in the very midst of Idumea, Betaris, and Caphartobas, he slew above ten thousand of the people, and carried into captivity above a thousand, and drove away the rest of the multitude, and placed no small part of his own forces in them, who overran and laid waste the whole mountainous country."
The site was demolished again during the Bar Kokhba revolt, 132 - 135.
Septimius Severus refounded the site as Eleutheropolis, its founding era beginning on January 1, 200 on its coins and inscriptions. Eleutheropolis became so important that Roman milestones in Palestine used it as the central point from which all distances were measured.
RP40352. Bronze AE 27, SNG ANS 891, F, weight 9.396 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Eleutheropolis mint, 203 A.D.; obverse AV KA CEP CEOVEVC PEP CEB or similar, laureate, draped and cuirassedbust right, from behind; reverse [L CE CEO ELEUQER], tetrastyle temple containing statue of Tyche standing left on river-god, holding bust and cornucopia, date ED (year 4) at sides; rare; $72.00 (€55.44)
Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Judaea Capta, Caesarea, Judaea
Judaea Capta issue minted at Caesarea, Judaea.
JD42683. Bronze AE 24, Meshorer TJC 384, Hendin 1449, SNG ANS 477, Fair, weight 12.855 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea mint, as caesar, 71 - 73 A.D.; obverseAUTOKR TITOS KAISAR, laureate head right; reverseIOUDAIAS EALWKUIAS, trophy flanked by Judaea seated left, mourning and shield to right; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $60.00 (€46.20)
Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Ascalon, Philistia
The Philistines conquered Canaanite Ashkelon about 1150 B.C. and it became one of the five Philistine cities that were constantly warring with the Israelites and the Kingdom of Judah. The last of the Philistine cities to hold out against Nebuchadnezzar, it finally fell in 604 B.C.; burned and destroyed, its people exiled, the Philistine era ended. Ashkelon was rebuilt, dominated by Persian culture. After the Alexander's conquest, Ashkelon was an important Hellenistic seaport. The Jews drove the Greeks out of the region during the Maccabean Revolt, which lasted from 167 to 160 B.C. In 63 B.C. the area was incorporated into the Roman Republic. Cleopatra VII used Ashkelon as her refuge when her brother and sister exiled her in 49 B.C. The city remained loyal to Rome during the First Jewish Revolt.
JD58918. Bronze AE 20, RPC II 2211; Rosenberger 114; SNG ANS 698; BMC Palestine p. 121, 126 - 128, SNG Cop -, F, weight 10.932 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 0o, Ascalon mint, 85 - 86 A.D.; obverseSEBASTOS, laureate head left; reverseASKALW, Tyche standing left, on prow of galley, holding standard in right, aphlaston in left, incense altar in left field, dove and QPR (year 189) / B in right; $60.00 (€46.20)
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria
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.
RP45835. Bronze AE 20, SNG ANS 6, 996-1005; Hendin 881; countermark: Howgego 666, (37 pcs), aVF, weight 7.783 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 45o, Samaria, Neapolis mint, obverse AYT K M AYP ANTWNINOC or similar, laureate bust right, countermarked with "A" in incuse square; reverseFL NEACPOLEW CYP P or similar, Mt. Gerizim with arched colonnade, roadway, shrines, altar and temple; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $45.00 (€34.65)
Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Gadara, Decapolis
Gadara (Um Qais, Jordan), located on a mountain summit about 6 miles south-east of the Sea of Galilee, was the capital of the Roman province Peraea. The local era of Gadara (Pompeian) began in 64 B.C. 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. Gadara had a large Jewish population and the reverse of this type is similar to that used on some Judean prutah.
BB62562. Bronze AE 19, RPC II 2096, Spijkerman 30, SNG ANS 1302, Hendin -, aF, weight 4.862 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Gadara mint, as caesar, 73 - 74 A.D.; obverseTITOS KAISAR, laureate head right; reverseGADAREWN, L ZLR (year 137=A.D. 73/74), two crossed cornucopia, cruciform ornament between; $25.00 (€19.25)