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).
Sardes, Lydia, c. 198 - 244 A.D.
RP54673. Bronze AE 15, BMC Lydia p. 248, 86, gF, weight 3.321 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Sardes mint, c. 198 - 244 A.D.; obverse ZEYC - ΛY∆IOC, diademed and draped bust of Zeus Lydios right; reverse CAP∆IANΩN, young Herakles standing front, head left, resting right on club, lion's skin on left arm; scarce; $50.00 (€37.50)
Antiochos II was voted the title Theos (God) by the Milesian civic body after he removed Timarchos, the pro-Egyptian tyrant of Miletos.
GB55835. Bronze AE 17, Houghton-Lorber I 527.1, Newell WSM 1400, SNG Spaer 355, F, weight 3.433 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Sardes mint, 261 - 246 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY, tripod lebes, anchor right in exergue, monograms in outer left and outer right fields; $45.00 (€33.75)
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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