By Richard Plant
"A Numismatic trip throughout the Bible" is an try to carry the Bible to lifestyles in a brand new kind of method - through linking as many Biblical tales as attainable to cash, a lot of that are universal sufficient for us as a way to see, and infrequently to really personal. during this method the writer hopes to place readers involved with occasions that, even though they occurred decades in the past, can nonetheless have nice that means for us this present day. The chapters are written in Biblical order. The outdated testomony first, operating via to the publication of Revelation on the finish. different fabric, correct yet now not really a part of the Bible, is integrated in chapters among these dealing without delay with the Bible itself. each one coin is illustrated with approximate values given in GBP and US$ and the e-book is choked with a wealth of historical past information regarding the Bible, in a simple to learn kind compatible for every age.
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Herod Philip is “Philip the Tetrarch”. Archelaus’ coins are all, except for B117, very like his father’s – with the addition of Coin B115, a double-prutah. B112 can easily be mistaken for B109 if the letters of “ETHN” on the reverse are not too clear! There does seem to be a nautical flavour about coins B112 to B116, and we must remember that Archelaus did hold Caesarea and the sea-coast. Coin B117 is different, with a lovely “Jewish” bunch of grapes on the obverse; but a helmet that looks very Macedonian on the reverse.
Of Ptolemy the King”. B58, another AR tetradrachm, comes from the reign of Ptolemy II, and is dated to his 31st year (254 BC). The minor marks indicate that this was minted in Ake-Ptolemais in Phoenicia. We note that on this coin the legend reads “Ptolemy the Saviour” rather than “Ptolemy the King”, a variation of title used on many Ptolemaic tetradrachms minted for Phoenician cities, making PTOLEMAIOU SOTEROS coins well worth looking out for if you happen to be a collector of Biblical coins 28 Between the Old Testament and the Gospels B58: VF £160 / $320 AR tetradrachm.
Ear of barley, “of Caesar” around. Rev. Date-palm. “Year 36” (of Augustus) = 6 AD B127: VF £30 / $60 AE prutah Judaea ”Year 39” = 9 AD under Ambibulus, 9-12 AD Next came Valerius Gratus, governor from 15 AD till the arrival of Pontius Pilate in 26 AD. Gratus’ prutahs are dated in years of Tiberius, 14 – 37 AD. He minted a number of types, B128 – B134; but his commonest, minted in “Year 4” (17 AD), “Year 5” (18 AD), and “Year 11” (24 AD), shown as B134, has on the obverse “TIB KAICAP” in a wreath; and on the reverse the name “Julia” on either side of a palm branch (see note on B186).