ROMAN BRONZE COIN PENDANT
ANTONIUS FELIX, 52 – 54 AD
Obverse: Two crossed palm branches
Reverse: Inscription within wreath
Nicely set in sterling silver pendant
Height: 3.5 cm
Found in Jerusalem, Israel
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Antonius Felix served under the Roman Emperor Claudius for the first two years of his perfectship, and then under Nero for his remaining term.
The reign of Felix was oppressive but strong. It was he who caised 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 the mission:
And he wrote a letter after this manner: “ Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix, I send greeting.”
The coins of Felix consist of two different types of bronze prutot, and they were made to recognize his Roman Allegiances. Those under the authority of Claudius show crossed palm branches (A.D 52 – 54), while those made under Nero have crossed shields and spears (A.D 54 – 62). Both issues are date year 14 of the reign Caesar.