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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Greek Imperial| > |Decapolis, Arabia & Syria| > RY94884
Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Philadelphia, Decapolis
|Decapolis,| |Arabia| |&| |Syria|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.,| |Philadelphia,| |Decapolis|, NEWRabbath-Ammon of the Old Testament, was renamed Philadelphia by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, and is today Amman, Jordan. Genesis identifies the Ammonites as descendants of Ben-ammi, who was born of an incestuous union between a drunken Lot and his younger daughter (Genesis 19:38). In the period of the Judges, the Israelite commander Jephthah crossed the Jordan River "to attack the Ammonites, and the Lord delivered them into his hands" (Judges 11:32). Before the battle, Jephthah swore an oath that in return for a victory over the Ammonites he would sacrifice the first thing to greet him when he returned home—a compulsive vow that forced him to commit an unthinkable act: When Jephthah arrived home in Mizpah, it was his daughter who came out to meet him with tambourines and dancing. She was his only child; apart from her he had neither son nor daughter. At the sight of her, he tore his clothes and said, "Oh, my daughter, you have broken my heart!" … And he fulfilled the vow he had made (Judges 11:34-39). -- Timothy P. Harrison, "Rabbath of the Ammonites"
RY94884. Bronze AE 26, RPC Online II 2107 (10 spec., 6 with c/m), Spijkerman 10a (same c/m), Sofaer 13 (same), Rosenberger 9 (same); c/m: Howgego 17, F, green patina, strike and legends a bit weak, scratches, light earthen deposits, porosity, Philadelphia (Amman, Jordan) mint, weight 11.484g, maximum diameter 25.9mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse ∆OMITIANOC KAICAP, laureate head right, countermark: bearded head of Herakles (Melkarth) right; reverse ΦIΛA∆EΛΦEΩN L ΓMP (Philadelphia year 143), turreted and veiled head of Tyche right, palm frond over shoulder; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $80.00











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