Syria Palestina, Samaria, Neapolis, 251 - 253 AD. Neapolis, Samaria the biblical Shechemis, now Nablus, Israel. 25 mm, 14.92 g RPC IX, 2147; Harl, Neapolis 117; SNG ANS 1035; Sofaer 216; BMC 151; Rosenberger III, 113 = Harl 117; The monument on the bronze coins of Neapolis can be identified as an altar often seen, but so far only known as a minuscule structure in landscape view of Mount Gerizim, the sacred mountain of the Samaritans that adjoined Roman Neapolis in Palestine. The altar appears especially interesting, as it depicts an unknown monument. The structure rests on a molded two-tiered base and is divided by columns into three sections, each containing one full-length standing figure. The “columns” are then in fact pilasters. The coins are almost devoid of any reference to their mints. They always show the emperor’s bust on the obverse and list his name and titles in Greek on both sides. The reverse is, regardless of the mint, almost invariably taken up by a large Roman eagle in frontal view with outstretched wings, head to one side, and a wreath in its beak. @Jochen1 has a great write-up about the Garizim in this thread: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/the-garizim-the-holy-mountain-of-samaria.337895/#post-3500389 Ob.: AVTKAI Γ OVI TPEB ΓAΛOC CEBA Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Trebonianus Gallus to r. The first 3 letters AVT are small and very hard to read, one has to turn the coin in hand so that one can read the letters. Rev.: ΦΛ NEAC – ΠOΛEΩC Mount Gerizim with temple atop main peak and altar on the left atop secondary peak, stairway leads to temple, colonnade below mountain, all supported by facing eagle with spread wings and head l. at top, star (sun?) on the left and crescent (moon) on the right. Picture courtesy HJB: On the flip that came with the coin, it is attributed as BMC 148; however, BMC 148 doesn't have a star and a moon, which this coin has on the reverse, so I changed the attribution. It is always a great pleasure to personally go to HJB. Today, I met Harlan and he signed and gifted me his book "100 Greatest Ancient Coins" and of course I did go through their pick bin and bought a few other coins, which I still have to attribute. Please share your coins from Samaria, Neapolis or anything related.