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Herod Agrippa II, c. 49 - 95 A.D.

Marcus Julius Agrippa (Herod Agrippa II) was the eighth and last Herodian dynasty ruler. He was educated in Rome at the court of Claudius. When his father died he was only seventeen, so Claudius kept him at Rome, and sent a procurator to govern Judaea. On the death of King Herod of Chalcis, his uncle's small Syrian kingdom was given to Agrippa as a tetrarchy, with the right of superintending the Temple in Jerusalem and appointing its high priest. In 53, Claudius made him king of the territories previously ruled by Philip: Batanea, Trachonitis and Gaulonitis, and the kingdom of Lysanias in Abila. In 55, Nero added the cities Tiberias and Taricheae in Galilee, and Iulias in Peraea. In 57, Chalkis was given to his cousin, Aristobulus. Paul the Apostle pleaded his case before Agrippa and his sister Berenice at Caesarea Maritima, probably in 59 or 60 (Acts 26). Agrippa expended large sums beautifying Jerusalem and other cities, especially Berytus (ancient Beirut). His partiality for the latter, and the capricious manner in which he appointed and deposed high priests made unpopular with his Jewish subjects. During the First Jewish Revolt against Rome, 66 - 73, Agrippa II sent 2,000 men, archers and cavalry, to support Vespasian, showing that, although a Jew in religion, he was entirely devoted to the Roman Empire. He accompanied Titus on campaigns, and was wounded at the siege of Gamla. After the capture of Jerusalem, he went with his sister Berenice to Rome, where he was invested with the dignity of praetor and rewarded with additional territory. Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian, repeats the gossip that Agrippa lived in an incestuous relationship with his sister, Berenice.

Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, c. 49 - 95 A.D., for Vespasian

|Agrippa| |II|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Herod| |Agrippa| |II,| |c.| |49| |-| |95| |A.D.,| |for| |Vespasian||full| |unit|
Paul was accused by Jewish leaders of blaspheming God, desecrating the temple, encouraging people to disobey Mosaic Law, sedition, insurrection, and creating riots against the government. Paul appealed, using his right as a Roman citizen for a decision from the Emperor in Rome. He was imprisoned in Caesarea Maritima awaiting transport to Rome. Agrippa and Bernice met with the Roman governor Festus a few days later. They held a hearing to discuss the charges. Paul described his conversion on the road to Damascus, then said, "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happenthat the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." Festus thought Paul was out of his mind. He couldnt understand why the Jewish leaders would bother with him. Agrippa said, "Are you trying to convert me?" Paul replied, "Short time or long - I pray God that not only you, but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains." Agrippa and Festus later agreed Paul had not done anything that deserves death or imprisonment. Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."
RP112387. Bronze full unit, RPC II 2243; Hendin 6331 (R); Meshore TJC 135; Sofaer 184; BMC Palestine p. 240, 6; Meshorer AJC II pl. 11, 7, F/aVF, obv. die wear, corrosion, porosity/pitting, edge split, weight 15.286 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Paneas (Banias, Golan Heights) mint, 73 - 74 A.D.; obverse AYTOKPA OYECΠACI KAICAPI CEBACTΩ, laureate head of Vespasian right; reverse Tyche standing slightly left, head left, kalathos on head, heads of barley in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand, ET ΔI - BA / AΓPI-ΠΠA (year 14, King Agrippa); ex Naville Numismatics auction 75 (31 Jul 2022), lot 226; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00

Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, c. 49 - 95 A.D., Judaea Capta for Titus

|Agrippa| |II|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Herod| |Agrippa| |II,| |c.| |49| |-| |95| |A.D.,| |Judaea| |Capta| |for| |Titus||half| |unit|
Th reverse variant with a star upper right usually has Titus' head right without drapery or a cuirass on the obverse. There is another variant with a crescent above right, Hendin 6314b; BMC Palestine p. 242, 21.
SH09634. Bronze half unit, RPC Online II 2276.11 (1 spec. w/star); Hendin 6314a (S) var. (head only), Meshorer TJC 160a var. (same); BMC Palestine p. 242, 24 var. (same), aVF, green patina, weight 14.74 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Paneas (Banias, Golan Heights) mint, 74 - 75 A.D.; obverse KAICAP CEBAC - AVTOKP TITOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Titus right, gorgoneion (head of Medusa) on breastplate; reverse Nike advancing right, raising wreath in extended right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, ETO - Kς BA / AΓPI-ΠΠA (year 26, King Agrippa) in two divided lines across field, star of six points right above inscription; extremely rare variety; SOLD

Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, c. 49 - 95 A.D., Judaea Capta for Domitian

|Agrippa| |II|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Herod| |Agrippa| |II,| |c.| |49| |-| |95| |A.D.,| |Judaea| |Capta| |for| |Domitian||quarter| |unit|
A Judaea Capta issue minted by a Jewish king! Agrippa was a devout Jew and a loyal vassal of Rome. It may seem strange he would commemorate the defeat of his people but he believed the Jews could flourish under Rome and sided with Rome during the rebellion. Agrippa II sent 2,000 men, archers, and cavalry to support Vespasian. He accompanied Titus on campaigns and was wounded at the siege of Gamla. He ruled until at least 95 A.D., but his territories were in Syria, Northern Palestine, and Galilee and excluded Jerusalem and Judaea.
SH09657. Bronze quarter unit, RPC Online II 2264; Hendin 6347 (S); Meshorer TJC 152; Sofaer 212; SNG ANS 298; SNG Cop 76; BMC Palestine p. 244, 34, Choice VF, weight 4.81 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Paneas (Banias, Golan Heights) mint, 83 - 84 A.D.; obverse ΔOMIT KANTI ΓΕPMANTN, laureate head of Domitian right; reverse ΕTO KΔ BA AΓPIΠΠ (year 24 King Agrippa), Nike inscribing shield, foot on crested helmet; scarce; SOLD

Tiberias, Galilee, Judaea, 53 - 54 A.D., Struck by Herod Agrippa II(?) For Claudius

|Roman| |Judea| |&| |Palestina|, |Tiberias,| |Galilee,| |Judaea,| |53| |-| |54| |A.D.,| |Struck| |by| |Herod| |Agrippa| |II(?)| |For| |Claudius||half| |denomination|
This type, struck at Tiberias, Galilee, is traditionally attributed to Herod Agrippa II, before he was made king. Kushnir-Stein, however, notes that when the type was minted Tiberias was outside the territory Agrippa II controlled. It may have been minted under another authority of the Roman administration. References disagree on which side is the obverse and which is the reverse.
SH08599. Bronze half denomination, RPC Online I 4852 (5 spec.); Hendin 6297 (R); Meshorer TJC 348; Sofaer p. 272 & pl. 221, 80; Maltiel-Gerstenfeld 137, aVF, green patina, flan cracks, weight 5.57 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Galilee, Tiberias (Israel) mint, pre-royal coinage(?), 53 - 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAYΔIOY KAICAPOC (of Claudius Caesar), Upright palm frond, L - IΓ (Claudius' year 13) across fields; reverse TIBE/PIAC in two lines within wreath; rare; SOLD



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