THREE IMPORTANT COINS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

THREE IMPORTANT COINS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1266332

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1)A BRONZE “WIDOW’S MITE” PRUTAH OF ALEXANDER JANNAEUS

Alexander Jannaeus as King of Judaea (103-76 BC)

Obverse: BASILEWS ALEXANDROU around anchor.

Reverse: Eight-rayed star surrounded by diadem, Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between the rays.

Found in the Holy Land. In very fine condition. Authenticated by NGC Ancients.

Diameter: 14 mm

2)A BRONZE PRUTAH OF PONTIUS PILATE

Pontius Pilate as Procurator of Judaea under Tiberius (AD 26-36)

Minted Year 16 (AD 29)

Obverse: Three bound ears of barley surrounded by IOVLIAC KAICAPOC.

Reverse: Simpulum surrounded by TIBERIOY KAICAPOC LIV.

Found in the Holy Land. In very fine condition. Authenticated by NGC Ancients.

Diameter: 15 mm

Bibliography: Hendin, 648, SNG ANS 367

3)A BRONZE PRUTAH OF PONTIUS PILATE

Pontius Pilate as Procurator of Judaea under Tiberius (AD 26-36)

Minted Year 17 (AD 30)

Obverse: Lituus surrounded by TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Caesar).

Reverse: Date (LIZ) surrounded by wreath.

Diameter: 14 mm

Found in the Holy Land. In very fine condition. Authenticated by NGC Ancients.

Bibliography: Hendin, 649

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Although minted several decades apart all three of these coins were in circulation during the life of Christ and relate directly to his life and teachings.

The widow’s mite is referenced in both Mark and Luke as an illustration of Jesus’ teachings of generosity and humility: “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him: Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41-44)

Alternatively, the two coins of Pontius Pilate of course reference a much darker part of the Jesus story as they were issued under the man best known for having ordered Jesus’ execution.