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Churches of Revelation

The Book of Revelation discusses the churches of seven cities. This page lists some of our coins from those cities.

- Ephesus, Ionia (Revelation 2:1-7) - the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).
- Smyrna, Ionia (Revelation 2:8-11) - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).
- Pergamon, Mysia (Revelation 2:12-17) - the church that needed to repent (2:16).
- Thyatira, Lydia (Revelation 2:18-29) - the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).
- Sardis, Lydia (Revelation 3:1-6) - the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).
- Philadelphia, Lydia (Revelation 3:7-13) - the church that had endured patiently (3:10).
- Laodicea, Phrygia (Revelation 3:14-22) - the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

Sardis, Lydia, c. 133 - 40 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Sardis was the capital of the Kingdom of Lydia, an important city of the Persian Empire, a Roman proconsul seat, and in later Roman and Byzantine times the metropolis of the province Lydia. In the Book of Revelation, Sardis, one of the Seven Churches of Asia, is admonished to be watchful and to strengthen since their works haven't been perfect before God. (Revelation 3:1-6).
GB65538. Bronze AE 15, SNG Cop 470 ff. var (monogram), BMC Lydia, p. 238, 10 ff. var (same); SGCV II 4736, VF, patina chipping (stabilized), weight 4.827 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, Sardis mint, c. 133 - 40 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΣAP∆I/ANΩN, club, monogram below, all within oak wreath; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00

Sardes, Lydia, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Apollo's lover Coronis was pregnant with his child, Asclepius. A white raven which he had left to watch her informed him that she had an affair. Angered that the bird had not pecked out her lover's eyes, Apollo flung a curse scorching its feathers, which is why all ravens are black today. Apollo also had Coronis killed but saved the child.
BB64021. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 497; cf. BMC Lydia p. 240, 32 ff. (magistrate); SNGvA 3134 (magistrate); Imhoof-Blumer -, VF, weight 3.564 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes mint, c. 2nd - 1st Cent B.C.; obverse laureate head of Herakles right, lion's skin around neck; reverse ΣAP∆IANΩN / MOΣΞ−EOY(?), Apollo standing facing, naked, head left, crow in right, laurel branch in left, monogram upper left, uncertain magistrate's name lower left, all within wreath; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00

Thyateira, Lydia, Early 3rd Century A.D., Pseudo-Autonomous Coinage
Click for a larger photo Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). In Revelation, Thyatira is the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20).
RP68779. Bronze AE 17, BMC Lydia p. 299, 46; Mionnet IV 858; SNG BnF 1398; SNG Leypold I 1261; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Keckman -; Weber -; Lindgren -; SGICV -, aVF, weight 2.819 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira mint, early 3rd century A.D.; obverse head of Dionysos right; reverse ΘYATEIPHNΩN, Nike advancing left, raising wreath in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; extremely rare; SOLD

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Other coins that relate to the Book of Revelation include coins of Nero and coins of the Parthian kings with an archer reverse. Verses 13 and following are a symbolic reference to Parthians attacking Rome for its vile behavior in persecuting Christ's church. Parthians themselves aren't envisioned as doing the attacking, but the serve as a great image for the diabolical forces Revelation's author had in mind. Suetonius, in The Twelve Caesars, writes of a belief among the Romans after Nero's death that he hadn't really died but would be returning with the Parthians. Nero has been identified as the 666 of Revelation (his name in gematria equals 666). Verse 8 refers to the Parthians long hair, "They had hair like woman's hair." Verse 10 includes a subtle reference to Parthian archer-horseman and their perfected technique of the parting shots, shooting over the rear of their animal while feigning retreat, "They had tails like scorpions, with stingers." Verse 14 refers to the Parthian heartland across the Euphrates.

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