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Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.
In 36 A.D., Herod Antipas suffered major losses in a war with Aretas IV of Nabataea, provoked partly by Antipas' divorce of Aretas' daughter. According to Josephus, Herod's defeat was popularly believed to be divine punishment for his execution of John the Baptist. Tiberius ordered Vitellius, the governor of Syria, to capture or kill Aretas, but Vitellius was reluctant to support Herod and abandoned his campaign upon Tiberius' death in 37.
SL87773. Silver denarius
, Giard Lyon
, group 6, 154; RIC I
30 (C); BMCRE I
60; RSC II
16a; SRCV I
1763, NGC Ch XF
, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (2490382-004), Lugdunum
, France) mint, weight
3.443g, maximum diameter
19.5mm, die axis
, c. 36 - 37 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
, laureate head
right, laurel wreath
ties fall stiffly, Tiberius
features are older and have become caricatures; reverse PONTIF MAXIM
(high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter
vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; photos taken before certification, now in an NGC holder; $700.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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