Coin from Galilee

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  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    The following coin is a Prutah which was struck at Sepphoris in Galilee. Formerly known as Diocaesarea, the village of Sepphoris lies only 4 miles away to the North of Nazareth. It is believed that Mary, mother of Jesus was born in that village. In Arabic, it was named Saffuriyah. Today, it's renown for its historical sites. The coin was issued during the time of Porcius Festus who was then a procurator under Roman Emperor NERO. It weighs 1.56 g. Hendin 653. Please post your coins from GALILEE.

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  3. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coin and informative write-up from an interesting part of the world.

    This gives me an excuse to post my only Sepphoris. Despite a lot of problems, I really like this one - or at least I really like the reverse.

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    Trajan Æ 25
    (98-117 A.D.)
    Sepphoris, Galilaea,

    [ΤΡ]ΑΙΑΝΟΣ ΑΥΤΟ[ΚΡΑΤΩΡ ЄΔΩΚЄΝ], laureate head right / ΣЄΠΦΩ-ΡΗΝΩΝ in two lines within wreath.
    RPC III, 3936; BMC1.Ros.3; Hendin 906.
    (13.76 grams / 25 mm)

    "This coin bears the remarkable inscription ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟΣ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ЄΔΩΚЄΝ ('Trajan the Emperor gave') which suggests Trajan awarded something to the city....various numismatists have argued that it was the permission to strike coins (see RPC I p. 510). Indeed, no coinage was made at Sepphoris during the Flavian
    period." (Roma Numismatics)

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  4. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    JUDAEA, Procurators. Porcius Festus. 58/59-62/63 CE. Æ Prutah (2.64 gm). Year 5. NEP/WNO/C, legend within wreath / KAIC-APOC, (ΛE), palm. AJC II Supp. V, 35; Hendin 653.
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  5. Roman Collector

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    Here's one from my collection, but Hendin attributes it to Caesarea, not Diocaesarea. Caesarea was a much bigger city and where the Procurators actually lived.

    Porcius Festus, Procurator under Nero, AD 59-62.
    Judean Æ Prutah, 2.51 g, 16.2 mm.
    Caesarea mint, AD 58-59.
    Obv: NЄPѠNOC in 3 lines, surrounded by wreath.
    Rev: Palm branch surrounded by KAICAPOC, LЄ (year 5).
    Refs: Hendin 653; Meshorer TJC 345.
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  6. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins!.....I do like this series of coins....Excuse my ignorance here but a few months ago I was looking through different procurators just trying to get a feel of price versus detail and basically what was available. Quickly realised that any coin referencing Pontius pilate was incredibly more expensive.....Is this due to rarity of coinage or purely his infamous name?
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  7. Roman Collector

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    That's it in a nutshell.
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  8. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    cool coin I have none from the Galilee but here is my favorite from the "West Bank" with a Hendin provenance:
    City Coins of Judaea
    Faustina II AD
    Bronze (27 mm ; 12.98 gm)
    ex David Hendin with his flip tag.
    The Biblical Shechemis, the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Now Nablus, Israel
    Obv: Draped bust of Faustina II , right
    Rev: Tyche standing half-left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
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