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Home > Catalog > |Judean & Biblical Coins| > |Roman Procurators| > |Valerius Gratus| > SH13128
Judaea, Valerius Gratus, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 15 - 26 A.D.
Variety with Tiberias' name misspelled.
SH13128. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1334a, Meshorer TJC 320a, RPC I 4960, VF, nice green patina, Jerusalem mint, weight 2.01g, maximum diameter 16.9mm, die axis 135o, 16 - 17 A.D.; obverse KAI/CAP (Caesar) within wreath; reverse TIBEIPOY, two crossed cornucopia with caduceus between them, L - Γ in outer fields; rare; SOLD










THE PALM: THE PALM DEPICTED IS 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 THE DATE PALM 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.


THE GRAPE AND GRAPE VINE: GRAPES, THE VINE AND WINE WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ANCIENT ECONOMY AND RITUAL. GRAPES WERE BROUGHT TO THE TEMPLE AS OFFERINGS OF THE FIRST-FRUITS AND WINE WAS OFFERED UPON THE ALTAR. THE VINE AND GRAPES DECORATED THE SACRED VESSELS IN THE SANCTUARY AND A GOLDEN VINE WITH CLUSTERS OF GRAPES STOOD AT ITS ENTRANCE.

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