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Judaea, Marcus Ambibulus, Roman Prefect under Augustus, 9 - 12 A.D.
NEW Marcus Ambibulus was Roman Prefect of the province of Judea and Samaria. Originally a cavalry officer, he succeeded Coponius in 9 A.D. and ruled the area until 12 or 13 A.D. when he was succeeded by Annius Rufus. Josephus noted his tenure in Jewish Antiquities 18.31. JD97706. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1329; Meshorer TJC 313; RPC I 4955; Sofaer Collection, pl. 219, 3; BMC Palestine p. 248, 9, gF, highlighting earthen deposits (desert patina), nice clear date, reverse edge beveled, remnant of pre-strike casting sprue, weight 2.384 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 9 A.D.; obverse KAICAPOC (of Caesar), head of barley curved right; reverse eight-branched date palm tree, bearing two bunches of dates, L - ΛΘ (year 39) across field divided by trunk; $140.00 (€114.80)
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