A ROMAN BRONZE PRUTAH OF PONTIUS PILATE
Please refer to our stock # c.1971 when inquiring.
Reign of Roman Emperor Tiberius (26-36 CE)
Minted in 30 CE
Obverse: Lituus surrounded by TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Caesar) .
Reverse: Date within wreath (LIZ = Year 17 = 30 CE). .
Found in Judea. In very good condition with natural patina. Similar examples can be found in The British Museum, London.
15mm – 17 mm diameter
Custom made olive wood box, shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
Yaakov Meshorer, “Ancient Jewish Coinage Vol. II”, (New York: 1982)
The Herodian dynasty lost its sole control over Judaea in AD 6, thanks to the irreparable breakdown of relations between Herod Archelaus and his people. The Roman solution was to turn Judaea into a directly governed province. At the head of the of provincial administration was the Praefectus (later Procurator). The most infamous of these, thanks to his role in the development of the Christian religion, was Pontius Pilate, who governed the province form AD 26.
Pilate's governorship ended when he was recalled to Rome in AD 36 to give an account to the imperial authorities of his harsh administration.
The coin designs of the procurators were in general anodyne: the three first incumbents chose neutral symbols such as ears of barley, palm-trees and cornucopias; none placed their own names on the coins, merely the name of the ruling Roman emperor and the year of his reign.
The designs of Pilate's issues strayed from the norm. On the front of his coins appear items of Roman cultic paraphernalia: the simpulum (a form of ladle) and, as on this issue, the lituus (an augural staff). The reverse of the coin carries the regnal year 17 of emperor Tiberius (this is the year AD 30/1) .