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Judaea, Coponius, Roman Prefect under Augustus, 6 - 9 A.D.
When the Romans invaded ancient Judea, thick forests of date palms up to 80 feet (24 m) high and 7 miles (11 km) wide covered the Jordan River valley from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the shores of the Dead Sea in the south. The tree so defined the local economy that Emperor Vespasian celebrated the conquest by minting the "Judaea Capta", a special bronze coin that showed the Jewish state as a weeping woman beneath a date palm. The Qur'an describes how Maryam (the Islamic parallel of Mary (mother of Jesus)) was advised to eat dates to ease her labor pains; presumably, this would have been a Judean date.
JD74844. Bronze prutah
1328, RIC I
4954, aVF, green patina
, off-center, Jerusalem mint, weight
2.058g, maximum diameter
17.2mm, die axis
, 6 A.D.; obverse
KAICAPOC (of Caesar
), barley head
curved right; reverse
eight branched date palm
tree bearing two bunches of dates, L - Λς (year 36); SOLD
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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