Judaea, Marcus Ambibulus, Roman Prefect under Augustus, 9 - 12 A.D.
In 6 AD., Herod Archelaus, son of Herod the Great, was deposed and banished to Gaul by Augustus. Archelaus' part of his father's kingdom (including Judea, Samaria, Idumea and Archelais) was (except for Archelais) organized as a Roman Procuratorial Province.
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Koinon of Macedonia
The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The Koinon held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in honor of Alexander and the Roman emperor.
SH58198. Bronze AE 24, Varbanov 3052; BMC Macedonia p. 28, 156; SNG Cop 1342; SGICV 1541; Lindgren 1366, gVF, weight 8.349 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, Thessalonica(?) mint, obverseKAICAP ANTWNINOC, laureate head right; reverseKOINON MAKEDONWN, winged thunderbolt; $270.00 (€207.90)
Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior
The figure on the reverse is sometimes identified as Eros (Cupid) or a generic winged Genius. The inverted torch represents a life extinguished, indicating the figure is Thanatos (death). By the Severan Era, there was increased hope for an afterlife in pleasant Elysium than in dismal Hades and Thanatos was associated more with a gentle passing than a woeful demise. Thanatos as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid, with crossed legs and an inverted torch, became the most common symbol for death, depicted on many Roman sarcophagi.
RP64004. Bronze AE 18, Varbanov I 1110 (same dies), H-L Marcianopolis 126.96.36.199 (but same obv die as 188.8.131.52), AMNG I -, VF, weight 3.205 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Markianopolis mint, obverseP CEPTI GETAC K, draped bust right, from behind; reverseMARKIANO-POLITWN, Thanatos standing left, legs crossed, leaning on inverted extinguished torch set on altar; $100.00 (€77.00)
Judaea, Coponius or Marcus Ambibulus, Roman Prefects under Augustus, 6 - 12 A.D.
Coponius and Marcus Ambibulus issued the same type, dated by year. Since the date of this example is off the flan, we cannot determine which of the prefects issued this coin.
JD82061. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1328 - 1331, VF, off-center, weight 1.964 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 315o, Caesarea mint, 6 - 11 A.D.; obverse KAICAPOC (of Caesar), head of barley curved right; reverse eight-branched date palm tree, bearing two bunches of dates, uncertain date off the flan; SOLD
THE PALM: THE PALM DEPICTED IS, OF COURSE, THE DATE PALM. THE TREE WAS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA WHERE PALM TREES GROW IN GREATER NUMBERS THAN THE SURROUNDING AREAS (THE ROMANS ALSO USED IT AS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA ON JUDAEA CAPTA COINS). THE PALM ALSO SYMBOLIZED ABUNDANCE AND PLENTY, DIGNITY, ROYAL HONOR, JUBILATION AND VICTORY, AND WAS USED IN RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS.
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