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Judaea, Marcus Ambibulus, Roman Prefect under Augustus, 9 - 12 A.D.

Marcus Ambivulus was Roman Prefect of the province of Judea and Samaria. Originally a cavalry officer, he succeeded Coponius in 9 AD 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.

|Marcus| |Ambibulus|, |Judaea,| |Marcus| |Ambibulus,| |Roman| |Prefect| |under| |Augustus,| |9| |-| |12| |A.D.|, |prutah|
Marcus Ambivulus 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.
JD93796. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1329, Meshorer TJC 313, RPC I 4955, Choice VF/F, well centered, dark green patina with buff earthen highlighting, weight 2.206 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, 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; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


|Marcus| |Ambibulus|, |Judaea,| |Marcus| |Ambibulus,| |Roman| |Prefect| |under| |Augustus,| |9| |-| |12| |A.D.|, |prutah|
After Herod's death, Caesarea was the seat of the Roman procurator and capital of Roman Palestine for about 500 years. A riot in 66 A.D. between Syrians and Jews in the city led to the First Jewish Revolt. Paul was delivered to Caesarea when his life was threatened in Jerusalem (Acts 9:30). From Caesarea, Paul departed to Tarsus, his birthplace. Paul met the church in Caesarea (Acts 18:22; 21:8,16). Finally, Paul was taken prisoner (Acts 23:23,33) and returned to Caesarea where he was tried before Festus and King Agrippa (Acts 25:1-4; 24:6-13).
JD39562. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1329, Meshorer TJC 313, RPC I 4955, VF, clear date, weight 2.500 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 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); SOLD


Judaea, Coponius or Marcus Ambibulus, Roman Prefects under Augustus, 6 - 12 A.D.

|Coponius|, |Judaea,| |Coponius| |or| |Marcus| |Ambibulus,| |Roman| |Prefects| |under| |Augustus,| |6| |-| |12| |A.D.|, |prutah|
Coponius and Marcus Ambibulus issued the same type, dated by year. Since the date of this example is off the flan, we cannot determine which of the prefects issued this coin.
JD82061. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1328 - 1331, VF, off-center, weight 1.964 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 6 - 11 A.D.; obverse KAICAPOC (of Caesar), head of barley curved right; reverse eight-branched date palm tree, bearing two bunches of dates, uncertain date off the flan; SOLD







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THE PALM: THE PALM DEPICTED IS, OF COURSE, THE DATE PALM. THE TREE WAS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA WHERE PALM TREES GROW IN GREATER NUMBERS THAN THE SURROUNDING AREAS (THE ROMANS ALSO USED IT AS A SYMBOL OF JUDEA ON JUDAEA CAPTA COINS). THE PALM ALSO SYMBOLIZED ABUNDANCE AND PLENTY, DIGNITY, ROYAL HONOR, JUBILATION AND VICTORY, AND WAS USED IN RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS.
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