Ancient Biblical coin of Antonius Felix – 52 – 62 AD
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Directly from Jerusalem, ancient biblical bronze coin “Prutah” of the Roman procurator Antonius Felix, dated from, 52 – 62 BC
Obverse: Two shields and two spears crossed, between them date year 14
Diameter: 1.6 cm
Found in Jerusalem, Israel
Condition: Good condition, untouched as found with lovely patina
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Antonius Felix served under the Roman Emperor Claudius for the first two years of his perfect ship, and then under Nero for his remaining term. In B.C. 54, when Britannicus ruled briefly wth Nero, Felix issued a bronze prutah with the legend BPIT to recognize the young son of Claudius who was subsequently poisoned by order of Nero. The regin of Felix was oppressive but strong. It was he who caused the apostle Paul to be sentenced to prison. A passage in the New Testament refers to this governor. When Paul was transferred to Caesarea from Jerusalem for his protection, a message was prepared to explain this mission: AN HE WROTE A LETTER AFTER THIS MANNER: “CLAUDIUS LYSIAS UNTO THE MOST EXCELLENT GOVERNOR FELIX, I SEND GREETINGS”
Apparently Antonius Felix was not above accepting a bribe, as revealed in Acts 24:26 concering the imprisonment of St. Paul.