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Agriculture on Ancient Coins
| is believed to be the Biblical city Shepham (Num. xxxiv. 11). After the Mithridatic Wars it became a great center for trade, largely carried on by resident Italians and Jews. is mentioned in the Talmud (Ber. 62a, Niddah, 30b and Yeb. 115b). By order of Flaccus, nearly 45 kilograms of gold, intended by Jews for the Temple in Jerusalem was confiscated in in 62 B.C. On the outbreak of the Jewish War, the inhabitants of spared the Jews who lived in their midst, and would not suffer them to be murdered or led into captivity (Josephus, . Jud. ii. 18, § 5). |
This , the only issue by in the Period, may have been issued to finance recovery from an earthquake and fire mentioned by Suetonius ( . 17).