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Scarce and Rare Coins From the Holy Land
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Gaba, Judaea

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Gaba,| |Judaea|, |AE| |21|
Little is known about Gaba. The city was located in the Jezreel Valley, located between the mountains of Samaria in the south and the Galilee Heights in the north. The Bible says, "Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezeerlite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria" (1 Kings 21:1, NIV)
RP94435. Bronze AE 21, RPC I Online 4856 (3 spec); Meshorer City-Coins 96; Rosenberger II p. 43, 1; Sofaer I 6; Kindler Gaba 2, Fair, weight 8.033 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Gaba mint, 49 - 50 or 50 - 51 A.D.; obverse laureate head right; reverse KΛAY∆IEΩN ΦIΛIΠΠHNΩMN (Claudia Philippa), Tyche seated right on throne, long scepter vertical behind in right hand, branch in left hand, IPĖL (year 110 Pompeian era) across field, Γ (Gaba) below throne; extremely rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Abila in Decapolis, Palaestina Secunda

|Roman| |Judea| |and| |Palestina|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Abila| |in| |Decapolis,| |Palaestina| |Secunda|, |AE| |15|
Abila was founded under the Seleucids, and was known for a time as Seleucia. It was later ruled by the Kingdom of Judaea. Under Rome it was included in the province Palaestina Secunda. The second-century geographer Ptolemy, in his Geography, lists 18 cities of the Decapolis and Coele-Syria. He adds Abila and eight others to Pliny's ten.
RP91006. Bronze AE 15, cf. RPC IV online T6509; Spijkerman 6; Rosenberger 5; Sofaer pl. 124, 8; SNG ANS -, F, scratches, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 2.714 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Abila in Decapolis (Quwaylibah, Jordan) mint, c. 161 - 163 A.D.; obverse ΦAYCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust of Faustina II right; reverse CEΛEYK ABILA EKC (year 226), bunch of grapes hanging from vine; rare; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

|Pontius| |Pilate|, |Judaea,| |Pontius| |Pilate,| |Roman| |Prefect| |under| |Tiberius,| |26| |-| |36| |A.D.|, |prutah|
This variant, apparently rather rare, is not of the crude type and is unlisted in the available sources. The transverse bar of the H is not quite horizontal but inclined downward, from the left to right, so making it into an N (the engraver seems to have tried to rectify his mistake). This variant should not be confused with the LIN which is associated with the date LIZ (year 30) which clearly represents an inverted Z (Fig. 83-84). -- Coins of Pontius Pilate by J. P. Fontanille and S. L. Gosline
JD35360. Bronze prutah, apparently unique, Coins of Pontius Pilate p. 62, fig. 83-84 (this coin); Menorah Coin Project rev die R12 (this coin); Hendin 1343 var, near EF, weight 1.501 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIN within wreath (blundered LIH = year 18); ex Fontanille Collection; extremely rare variant; SOLD

Lot of 4 Minima of Caesarea Maritima, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Lot| |of| |4| |Minima| |of| |Caesarea| |Maritima,| |1st| |-| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|,
In discussing the minima of Caesarea on page 183 of 'A Treasury of Jewish Coins', Meshorer states, "Most of them have the appearance of Tyrian and Sidonian coins, but the crudity of their forms refutes such an attribution. It can be assumed that the minting is a local product, since such coins have not been found in Tyre and Sidon."
IS55107. Bronze 4 bronze minima, Hendin -, Meshorer TJC -; Tyre imitative types, aF - F, weight c. 0.8 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, Caesarea Maritima mint, 1st - 2nd century A.D.; obverse veiled head of Tyche right; reverse palm tree; actual coins in the photograph, bargain priced; scarce; SOLD


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