JUDAEA. Procurators. Porcius Festus (Governor under Nero). 59-62 CE. Æ prutah. 2.15 gm. 15 mm. Year 5 (58/9 CE). Wreath; NER WNO C in center / A palm branch; LEKAIC APOC ("Year 5 of Caesar") on sides. AJC 35. (II: Pl. 33). Hendin 1351. Good Very Fine; bold, well struck and centered, choice green with earthen contrast patina; full weight plus.
Purchased from Brian Kritt, with his envelope.
A COLLECTION OF HIGH QUALITY COINS OF JUDAEA
This group of eleven Biblical era coins represents the Hasmoneans, Herodians, and Roman Procurators of Judea concluding with the First and Second Revolts. David Sear, author of several important references on ancient coinage, once commented about this series as “the miserable coins of this type…identified with the widow’s mite,” a description of their usual condition. They were casually produced as small change with minimal attention to quality. This group is exceptional and was carefully assembled by a collector over a period of years who sought the finest examples possible. The provenance for each piece is the same, ex Brian Kritt, and each coin comes with the envelope he provided with the coin, with his attributions, including handwritten inscriptions.
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