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

Minted Year 17 (30 CE)

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

Reverse: Date (LIZ) surrounded by wreath.

Diameter: 14.7 mm

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


Hendin, 649


Like many other rulers of Judea, Pontius Pilate restrained from the use of portraiture on his coinage. However, this did not stop him from including pagan symbols on them. In this example a lituus is present on the coin's obverse. A littus is a curved staff, similar in appearance to the top of a crosier from the Medieval period. It was used during Roman cultic rituals and its inclusion sent a clear message as to the sensibilities of its issuer. This is fitting with what we know of Pilate as a procurator who tried to walk the line between the primarily Jewish population which he ruled and the Roman elite who had installed him.