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Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Struck by Agrippa II(?), Caesarea Maritima(?), Syria Palestina

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Julius Marcus Agrippa was a teenager studying in Rome when his father died. He was too young to rule and his father's kingdom was made a Roman province. About 6 years later, he was given the kingdom of his uncle Herod of Chalcis. Later more was added. It was before Herod Agrippa II that Saint Paul was tried. Agrippa sided with the Romans during the Jewish rebellion. Though he continued to rule until at least 95 A.D., the temple was destroyed and in the end his assigned territories were in Syria, not Judaea. The attribution to a mint at Caesarea Maritima under Agrippa II is traditional, and supported by recorded finds 90% of which are around Caesarea Maritima. Still, it may have been struck at Caesarea Paneas, which better fits the style, or it may have been struck by a Roman procurator.
SL89827. Bronze AE 24, RPC I 4848 (6 spec.); Hendin 1263; Meshorer TJC 356; SNG ANS 744; BMC Palestine p. 12, 3; Rosenberger 1; Kadman -, NGC F, strike 4/5, surface 3/5, Agrippa II, 49 - 95, Caesarea (4283488-004), weight 8.78 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 45o, Caesarea Maritima (or Paneas?) mint, c. 49 - Oct 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IM P P, laureate head of Claudius right; reverse inverted anchor with ring on each end, within oak wreath; scarce; $500.00 (440.00)


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Caesarea Maritima, Samaria

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Caesarea, about 30 miles north of Joppa and about 70 miles northwest of Jerusalem, was the capital of the Roman province of Judaea, the seat of the procurators, and the headquarters of the Roman troops. It was founded by Herod the Great and named after Caesar Augustus.
JD93012. Bronze AE 32, Hendin 836, SNG ANS 766, Rosenberger 24, Kadman Caesarea 27, F, green patina, grainy, earthen deposits, weight 18.384 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Maritima mint, obverse IMP TRA HADRIANO CAES AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse COL I FL AVG, Hadrian, as priest-founder, plowing right with oxen, Nike flying left above holding wreath, CAESAREN in exergue; from The Jimi Berlin Caesarea Collection (surface find, Caesarea, Israel, 1972); $300.00 (264.00)


Gadara, Decapolis, 64 - 63 B.C.

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This type and another similar anonymous year one of Rome type, have traditionally been attributed to Gadara. In 64/3 BC Roman troops under Pompey "liberated" the Greek cities conquered by the Judaean king Alexander Jannaeus. Pompey personally supervised reconstruction in Gadara. Commemorating these events, Gadara established the year 64/3 B.C. as the beginning of a new Pompeian era, replacing the previous Seleukid era. Hoover says the attribution to Gadara is in error; that the fabric and style suggest a mint in southern Syria. For now, at least, we retain the traditional attribution.
RP91034. Bronze AE 23, Meshorer City-Coins 217, Spijkerman 1, Rosenberg IV 1, HGC 10 381 (S), RPC I -, aVF, weight 11.043 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Gadara (Um Qais, Jordan) mint, 64 - 63 B.C.; obverse bust of Herakles left, draped with lion's skin, club on left shoulder, anepigraphic; reverse galley ram right, L A / PΩMHS (year 1 of Rome [Pompeian Era]) in two lines above, all within wreath; rare; $225.00 (198.00)


The Coins of The Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection

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The Abraham and Marian Sofaer collection consists of 4,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. through the Crusader kingdom in the thirteenth century of the modern era. Assembled over more than thirty years, the collection contains gold, silver, and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Hebrews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders. This book has become a primary reference for Holy Land coins.
BK10621. The Coins Of The Holy Land The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and The Israel Museum, by Ya'akov Meshorer, 2013, American Numismatic Society, Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, hardback, 2 volumes, new, list price $190, international shipping at the actual cost of postage, LAST COPY IN STOCK; $120.00 (105.60)


Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria

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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)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Ascalon, Syria Palaestina

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Phanebal was a deity specific to Ascalon. Mr. Tameanko, in his book, Monumental Coins, theorizes that the Temple of Phanebal was designed to imitate the sacred First Temple in Jerusalem, built by Solomon. Meshorer notes, "The Egyptianizing cornice, the columns widening in the middle and the uraei on the upper beams chow the influence of the Egyptian architecture. Perhaps this unusual shrine is the 'serifa in Ashqelon' mentioned in the Talmud (Aboda Zara 11b) as one of the five permanent idolatrous temples in the Land of Israel."
JD92801. Bronze AE 28, RPC Online IV 6373 (5 spec.); Meshorer City Coins p. 27, 50; SNG ANS 722; Sofaer pl. 143, 143; BMC Palestine p. 129, 191; Rosenberger I p. 57, 169, Fair, weight 17.232 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Ascalon mint, Year 254 = 150 - 151 AD; obverse ANTWNINOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right; reverse ACK-AΛW, complex facade of the Temple of Phanebal depicting four doorways, one inside the other, ∆NC (year 254) in exergue; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare; $100.00 (88.00)


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Ascalon, Philistia

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Askalon lies on the shore of the Mediterranean, ten miles north of Gaza and about 40 miles south of Joppa. Herod the Great ruled all of Palestine, except Askalon, which remained a free city. Today, a national park at Ashqelon, Israel includes ruins of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Crusader walls and buildings.
RP91417. Bronze AE 22, RPC II 2209, BMC Palestine 117, Sofaer 78, SNG Cop 34, SNG Righetti 2458, Lindgren 2455, Rosenberger I 110, Fine/Fair, interesting portrait, porous, encrustations, weight 13.787 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Askalon (Ashqelon, Israel) mint, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head right; reverse AΣKAΛΩ, Tyche standing left on prow, holding standard and aphlaston, altar left, dove standing left over ∆ΠP (year 184) in right field; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $80.00 (70.40)


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Abila in Decapolis, Palaestina Secunda

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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)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Philadelphia, Decapolis

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Philadelphia, Decapolis is today Amman, the capital and largest city of Jordan. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, in the Hebrew Bible, it is called Rabbat Ammon. Ptolemy II Philadelphus of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabataean Kingdom until 106 A.D. when it came under Roman rule and joined the Decapolis.
RP89400. Bronze AE 27, RPC IV online T6636 (9 spec.); Spijkerman 17; SNG ANS 1387; BMC Arabia, p. 39, 9 & pl. VI, 7; Rosenberger 18; Sofaer pl. 160, 20, gF, attractive style, holed, bumps, scratches, obverse off center, weight 6.863 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Philadelphia (Amman, Jordan) mint, c. 139 - 150 A.D.; obverse AYT KAICAP ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind, before him a small bust of Athena left wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse ΦIΛA∆EΛΦEWN KOIΛ CYPIAC (of the Philadelphians in Coele-Syria), bare-headed beardless bust of Herakles right (with the features of Marcus Aurelius), lion skin over left shoulder; scarce; $55.00 (48.40)







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