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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Judean & Biblical Coins| ▸ |Holyland Rarities||View Options:  |  |  | 

Scarce and Rare Coins From the Holy Land
Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea, 4 B.C. - 39 A.D.

|Herod| |Antipas|, |Herod| |Antipas,| |Tetrarch| |of| |Galilee| |and| |Perea,| |4| |B.C.| |-| |39| |A.D.|, |quarter| |denomination|
Herod Antipas is best known for his roles in the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and the beheading of John the Baptist. When Augustus divided the kingdom of his father, Herod the Great, Antipas was made Tetrarch of Galilee, Peraea, and Jewish Trans-Jordan. His divorce from Phasaelis, the daughter of King Aretas IV of Nabataea, led to war with in which he was defeated. His marriage to his sister-in-law and niece Herodias was condemned by John the Baptist, for which he had the preacher executed. Pilate sent Jesus to him for judgement, but Antipas sent him back to Pilate's court. In 39 A.D., he was accused of conspiracy. Caligula exiled him to Gaul, where he died at an unknown date.
JD95782. Bronze quarter denomination, Hendin 1201, Meshorer TJC 77, RPC I 4920; BMC Palestine p. 230, 9, VF, dark green patina with red earthen highlighting, tight flan, obverse a little off center, weight 4.013 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 315o, Tiberias mint, 20 - 21 A.D.; obverse TIBE/PIAC (Tiberias), within wreath; reverse HPW∆OY TETPAPXOY (of Herod the tetrarch), reed standing vertical, L - K∆ (year 24) in fields; ex Athena Numismatics, very nice for this rare type!; rare; $1000.00 SALE |PRICE| $900.00


Herod Philip, Tetrarch of Batanea, 4 B.C. - 34 A.D., Issued for Augustus

|Herod| |Philip|, |Herod| |Philip,| |Tetrarch| |of| |Batanea,| |4| |B.C.| |-| |34| |A.D.,| |Issued| |for| |Augustus|, |AE| |19|
Son of Herod the Great, Philip was educated with his older brothers at Rome. He inherited the northern part of his father's kingdom. Augustus gave him the title tetrarch, not king. Philip was peace-loving and a good administrator. He was the first Jewish ruler to put his own portrait, as well as those of Roman rulers, on coins.
JD94487. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 4942, Hendin 1223, Meshorer TJC 99; Meshorer AJC II p. 244, 5; Sofaer Collection 126; BMC Palestine -, nice F, attractive patina, slightly off center on a tight flan cutting off parts of legends, weight 7.158 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 45o, Caesarea Philipi (Paneas) mint, 12 - 13 A.D.; obverse KAICAPI CEBACTΩ (for Caesar Augustus), laureate head of Augustus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY TETPAPXOY, the Augusteum of Paneas (tetrastyle temple) with stairs leading to it, dot in pediment, L - I - ς (year 16) between the columns; rare; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Uncertain, Levante, 4th Century B.C.

|Holyland| |Rarities|, |Uncertain,| |Levante,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.|, |obol|
The only other example of this type known to Forum is CNG auction 93 (22 May 2013), lot 599.
GS94072. Silver obol, Unpublished in references, VF, toned, die break on the reverse, etched surfaces, weight 0.714 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 45o, 4th century B.C.; obverse head and neck of bull right, head turned facing; reverse owl standing left, head turned facing, AΘE downward on left, olive spray and crescent upper right; ex Leu web-auction 9 (7 Sep 2019), lot 563; the second known!; $350.00 SALE |PRICE| $315.00


Persian Empire, Judaea (Yehudah), 375 - 333 B.C.

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Persian| |Empire,| |Judaea| |(Yehudah),| |375| |-| |333| |B.C.|, |half-gerah|
This type was minted in Judaea while under Persian control, prior to Alexander the Great's conquest. The Persian or Achaemenid Empire (c. 550 - 330 B.C.) was the largest empire in ancient history extending across Asia, Africa and Europe, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of Central Asia, Asia Minor, Thrace and Macedonia, much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and much of ancient Egypt as far west as Libya.Persian Empire
GS95379. Silver half-gerah, Hendin 1059, Meshorer TJC 16, VF, toned, scratches on obverse, die wear, porosity, weight 0.251 g, maximum diameter 7.0 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, c. 350 B.C.; obverse diademed small head to right; reverse Aramaic inscription: YHDH (Yehudah), falcon with wings spread, head right; rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00







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