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Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria
Neapolis, Samaria, the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel. It is the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. The city was refounded as Flavia Neopolis after the suppression of the Jewish Revolt. Nablus is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600. JD72682. Bronze AE 20, Sofaer pl. 53,122; Rosenberger 59; BMC Samaria p. 62, 111; Lindgren III 1510, gVF, nice green patina with earthen highlighting, typical tight flan, weight 7.492 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Neapolis mint, obverse IOYΛIA MAICA CEB, draped bust right wearing stephane; reverse ΦΛ NEAC-ΠOΛE •CVP•, Tyche standing facing, head left, holding rudder by tiller in right, cornucopia in left; rare; $100.00 (€88.00)
Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Abila in Decapolis, Palaestina Secunda
Abila was founded under the Seleucids, and was known for a time as Seleucia. It was later ruled by the Kingdom of Judaea. Under Rome it was included in the province Palaestina Secunda. The second-century geographer Ptolemy, in his Geography, lists 18 cities of the Decapolis and Coele-Syria. He adds Abila and eight others to Pliny's ten.RP91006. Bronze AE 15, cf. RPC IV online T6509; Spijkerman 6; Rosenberger 5; Sofaer pl. 124, 8; SNG ANS -, F, scratches, corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 2.714 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Abila in Decapolis (Quwaylibah, Jordan) mint, c. 161 - 163 A.D.; obverse ΦAYCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust of Faustina II right; reverse CEΛEYK ABILA EKC (year 226), bunch of grapes hanging from vine; rare; $60.00 (€52.80)
Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.
This variant, apparently rather rare, is not of the crude type and is unlisted in the available sources. The transverse bar of the H is not quite horizontal but inclined downward, from the left to right, so making it into an N (the engraver seems to have tried to rectify his mistake). This variant should not be confused with the LIN which is associated with the date LIZ (year 30) which clearly represents an inverted Z (Fig. 83-84). -- Coins of Pontius Pilate by J. P. Fontanille and S. L. GoslineJD35360. Bronze prutah, apparently unique, Coins of Pontius Pilate p. 62, fig. 83-84 (this coin); Menorah Coin Project rev die R12 (this coin); Hendin 1343 var, near EF, weight 1.501 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIN within wreath (blundered LIH = year 18); ex Fontanille Collection; extremely rare variant; SOLD