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Pontius Pilate Bronze Prutah 26-36 AD - Fine Quality

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Pontius Pilate was Governor of Judea from 26-36 AD under the Roman emperor Tiberius. He is one of the most infamous men in history as he gave the command to have Jesus Christ crucified. The bronze coins (or ‘prutah’) issued by Pontius Pilate between 26 – 36 AD are of special interest to Christians and Jews because of his connection with Jesus Christ and his involvement in Jewish history.

They were heavily used and traded every day during the lifetime of Jesus. His bronze prutah feature one of 2 designs minted between 29 and 31 AD. The first is that of three barley ears on the obverse and a simpulum on the reverse. The second features a lituus on the obverse and the date either LIZ or LIH in a wreath.

The prutah was of very low value and was used in the poor province of Judea ( At the time of Jesus it took 24 prutah just to buy a loaf of bread). They were produced by the Mint of Jerusalem, little attention was paid to their quality and most are far off center, flatly struck or nearly unidentifiable.

The lituus was a wand used to interpret natural phenomenon such as lightning flashes, the flight of birds, etc. The simpulum was a ladle used to make libations during sacrifices and was a common symbol of the Roman priesthood, guaranteed to offend Jewish religious sensibilities by being placed on coinage that they would have to handle on a daily basis.

All of the following examples were found in and around Jerusalem and have not been cleaned. Each coin is uniquely toned and still has dirt from the Holy land adhering to its surfaces. They can be cleaned to exhibit more detail or can be left in their original “as found” state. We chose “as found” for originality for the sake of history and this exactly why this particular hoard is so special. It is the highest quality coins we’ve ever located of these Prutahs struck by Pontius Pilate.

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Here is a Bible excerpt-

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?" But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge--to the great amazement of the governor. Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him." But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor.

"Barabbas," they answered. "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Matthew 27:11-26 NIV
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