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Scarce and Rare Coins From the Holy Land

Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea, 4 B.C. - 39 A.D.

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Pontius Pilate sent Jesus to Herod for judgment. "Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing...And mocking him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate." (Luke 23:7-15)

All the coins of Antipas are rare and very rare in nice condition. They were minted with an inferior alloy that was particularly susceptible to corrosion and wear. The coins were minted in Tiberias, a capital city founded by Antipas c. 19 A.D. and named for Tiberius.
JD89738. Bronze half unit, Hendin 1208; Meshorer TJC 84; RPC I 4927; BMC Palestine p. 229, 2; SNG ANS -, F, light corrosion, light encrustations, weight 5.912 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Tiberias mint, 30 - 31 A.D.; obverse HPW∆OY TETPAPXOY (of Herod the tetrarch), TIBE/PIAC (Tiberias) in two lines, surrounded by wreath; reverse HPW∆OY TETPAPXOY (of Herod the tetrarch), palm branch, L - Λ∆ (year 34) across fields; rare; $400.00 (340.00)


Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria

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Neapolis, Samaria, the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel. It is the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. The city was refounded as Flavia Neopolis after the suppression of the Jewish Revolt. Nablus is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.
JD72682. Bronze AE 20, Sofaer pl. 53,122; Rosenberger 59; BMC Samaria p. 62, 111; Lindgren III 1510, gVF, nice green patina with earthen highlighting, typical tight flan, weight 7.492 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Neapolis mint, obverse IOYΛIA MAICA CEB, draped bust right wearing stephane; reverse ΦΛ NEAC-ΠOΛE CVP, Tyche standing facing, head left, holding rudder by tiller in right, cornucopia in left; rare; $135.00 (114.75)


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

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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







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