Bronze Half Prutah Minted Under the Roman Procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate - C.770 - For Sale

Bronze Half Prutah Minted Under the Roman Procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate - C.770
Price: $1500.00
Obverse: Lituus (a Pagan Religious Implement) Surrounded by the Inscription, “TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC” or “of Tiberius Caesar” Reverse: Date “LIZ “ (Year 17 or 30 A.D.) Surrounded by a Wreath Pontius Pilate was the Roman Procurator of Judea from 26 until 36 A.D. Though much literature, both ancient and modern, portrays him as infamous and incompetent, the judge who sentenced Jesus to death; however, it may be fairer to say he was a complex man beleaguered by extraordinary circumstances in a difficult time. The world in which Jesus lived was dominated by the Romans, although Rome did make concessions to the sensibilities of other cultures. This powerful coin is a case in point, showing the curved end of a scepter. Out of respect for Jewish sensitivity regarding graven images, coins depicted “still life” subjects such as palm branches, cornucopia, etc. The simplicity of this particular image is remarkably appropriate, though unintentional, resembling as it does the twisted end of a shepherd’s staff seen in Christian imagery. The poignant beauty of this coin matches the simple faith of the most pious. It is a memorial to one of the most momentous eras in history, when Roman paganism, Judaism, and the nascent faith of Christianity all intermingled in the same land. Origin: Israel Circa: 30 AD Collection: Numismatics Style: Jewish Medium: Bronze

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