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Judaea, Coponius, Roman Prefect under Augustus, 6 - 9 A.D.
Date cultivation in Judea declined after the Roman period, especially during the Crusades, and completely collapsed due to climate change around the 14th century. The Judean Date Palm fell extinct. Excavations at Herod the Great's palace on Masada in 1963-1965 uncovered a cache of date palm seeds preserved in an ancient jar. Radiocarbon dating confirmed the seeds were from 155 B.C. to 64 A.D. In 2005, three of the seeds were planted. Eight weeks later one of the seeds sprouted. By summer 2010 the sapling, named Methuselah, stood about 2 meters tall. Methuselah is grown from the oldest known successfully germinated tree seed, and is also the only living representative of the once extinct Judean Date Palm. Methuselah flowered in March 2011 and is male. The palm may be crossbred with its closest extant relative, the Hayany date from Egypt, to generate fruit by 2022.
JD74845. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1328, RIC I 4954, VF, nice green patina, Jerusalem mint, weight 1.892g, maximum diameter 15.9mm, die axis 0o
, 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 Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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