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Antipas was the son & original heir of Herod the Great, who made him a Tetrarch. He was a builder like his father & built a city called Tiberias along the Sea of Galilee in honor of his patron, the notorious Emperor Tiberius. He married for a second time to Herodias, who was his brother Philip II's wife, who he fell in love with during a visit. As a result of his relations with Herodias, St. John the Baptist was put to death because John attacked the Tetrarch's marriage as contrary to Jewish Law. According to Matthew & Mark, Herod was reluctant to order John's death but was compelled by Herodia's daughter to whom he promised any reward she chose in exchange for her dancing, so she requested John, the Baptist's head. An Exact Replica BC-5



Herod succeeded to the throne after his father Antipater, procurator of Judea was killed. He liked the Greek culture & was a man of violent jealousies and passions. It was during his reign that Jesus was born. Herod had ordered the death of all male children up to 2 years of age so Mary & Joseph fled to Egypt to save the life of Jesus. The obverse shows a Macedonian helmet. on the reverse a tripod used to demonstrate Herod's pagan spirit was possibly copied from Greek Coins. Matthew 2:16-18... " And sent forth & slew all the children that were in Bethlehem & in all the coasts thereof, from 2 years of age & under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men." An Exact Replica BC-4


Herod the Great

This coin comes from a silver mint in Tyre ,which is a large port city in Phoenicia (now Lebanon) who were among the 1st cities in the region to strike its own coinage. Considered one of the most popular coins in the Bible , Judas was given 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus to the authorities. It was also the most favorable coin for the men to pay their "Temple Tax" every year. Obverse shows a Laureated Head of Melkarth, a Phoenician God in the form of the Greek God Herkales. The reverse has an eagle standing on a ship's prow with a palm branch in the background. The legend in Greek reads "Tyre Sacred & Inviolable Sanctuary". The club is a symbol of Melkarth. An Exact Replica BC-2


Shekel of Tyre

Pontius Pilate was the Governor of the Holy Land and was known to all Christians for his delivery of Jesus to the Crucifixion. On the obverse is a ladle called a Simpulum, which was a utensil used by the priests during religious ceremonies, it allowed the priests to taste the wine which they poured onto the head of an animal destined for sacrifice. It reads TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC (of Tiberius Emperor) LIS (year 29 A.D.) IOYLIA KAICAPOC (Empress Julia). An Exact Replica BC-3


Lepton Pontius Pilate
Lepton Pontius Pilate

This coin was issued by the Jews during the Second Jewish Revolt ( known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt) against the Roman Empire of 132-135 A.D. The leader of the Revolt was Shim'on (Simon) Bar Koseba, who was known as 'Bar Kochba', meaning 'Son of the Star' in reference to the Messianic expectations of the Jews found in the Tanakh: "There shall step forth a star (kochab) out of Jacob" (Numbers 24:17). This shekel/tetradrachm is among the most religiously significant coin issued by the ancient Jews, because the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple is shown with the Ark of the Covenant. The reverse has a lulav, and reads, "to the freedom of Jerusalem." It was issued in silver & copper with rebellious inscriptions, all being overstruck over mostly Roman coins. An Exact Replica BC-14


Shekel Bar Kochba
Shekel Bar Kochba

To remind the Jews of their defeat in the First Revolt this "Victory Coin" of Emperor Vespasian is one of many coins Commemorating Rome's recapture of Judea after 4 years of independence. The conquest of Jerusalem & the dispersion of Jews into slavery was prophesied by Jesus (Matt 24:2, & Luke 21:24). 800 years earlier, Isiah in 3:25, 26, had forecast, "Thy men shall fall by the sword, & thy mighty in the war... And her gates shall lament & mourn. And she, being desolate, shall sit upon the ground." The obverse has the Emperor Vespasian with the legend, "Imperato Caesar Vespasianus Augustus". The reverse reads "Judea Capta" & has a date palm tree (symbol of Judea) with the Emporer on the left & a weeping Jewess seated with head bowed on the right.
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Judea Capta judea capta back

SHEKEL 66-70 A.D. The First Jewish Revolt broke out in 66 AD, & the revolutionaries quickly captured the Holy city of Jerusalem , which gave them access to the great Temple for religious purposes & to its vast treasury loaded with silver Tyrian coins paid in taxes over the years. With the silver they struck the most famous of all Jewish coins, the Shekel & half shekel in different denomin- ations. The coins were issued in each of the five years during this period. The obverse shows a chalice with the year of the revolt above, with the ancient Hebrew inscription "Shekel of Israel". The reverse has 3 budding pomegranates with the inscription "Jerusalem the Holy".
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Shekel Back

HALF SHEKEL 66-70 A.D. This half-shekel was struck & issued during the 3rd year of the First Jewish Revolt. The inscription in ancient Hebrew script "Shazi Hasekel" (Half Shekel) & the date "SH" (nat)"G" (immel) year three appear above the chalice. On the reverse are the three pomegarnates in symbolic transition from flower to fruit.
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half shekel
Half Shekel

QUARTER SHEKEL 132-135 A.D. During the Second Jewish Revolt, coins were struck over Roman denarii & drachmas of Antioch. On the obverse has a grape cluster & the legend "Simon". The reverse has two trumpets & the legend, "Deliverance of Jerusalem".
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Quarter Shekel
Quarter Shekel

This is one of the smallest of the Greek coins used by the Jews. Hence, the word "mite". It is quoted in the Book of St. Luke 21:1-4 and he looked up & saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury & he saw a certain poor widow casting in two mites & he said of a truth, "I say unto you that this poor widow hast cast in more than they all." "For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God, bu she of her penury, hath cast in all the living she had.".
An Exact Replica BC-7


Widows Mite
Widows Mite

This was the standard coin used during Jesus's lifetime and when Tiberius was the second Roman Emperor to rule after Caesar Augustus, who was his step-father & father-in-law. St. Mark 12:14-16..."is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not"? "Shall we give, or shall we not give"? But he, knowing their hypocrisy said unto them, "Why tempt ye me?" "Bring me a penny, that I may see it". And they brought it. And he said unto them,"Whose is this image & superscription"? And they said unto Him, "Caesar's". And Jesus said unto them, " "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's & to God the things that are God's".
An Exact Replica BC-9


tribute penny
Tribute Penny

DENARIUS 132-135 A.D.
This coin like the quarter shekel is from the Second Jewish Revolt where they struck over Roman denarii & drachmas of Antioch. Most of the coins during the Revolt had biblical symbols such as musical instruments, palm branches & grapes. The obverse has a lyre with 3 strings & the legend reads "Simon". The lyre, as a Temple instrument served to remind Jerusalem's defenders of the reason they were fighting. The reverse has a palm branch in a wreath with the inscription, "of the Deliverance of Jerusalem."
An Exact Replica BC-11



This coin is a well known copper piece of Simon Nasi ( Nasi means chief or prince). These were made in silver & copper with inscriptions in Hebrew struck by Elizar. They were dated the 2, 3, & 4th years of the First Revolt. On the obverse, the amphora, as a Temple motif, served as an inspiration symbol during the Bar Kochba Revolt. The legend reads "Deliverance of Israel". The reverse has the vine leaf which represents one of seven kinds of fruit frequently mentioned in the Bible.
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Dilepton Dilepton

This coin could have been the one that Judas was given to betray Jesus to the authorities & to also pay the "Temple Tax". There are many different version's about this coin in the Bible. One says that Jesus told Peter to pay taxes for him & Jesus with a coin that he'll find in the mouth of the first fish that he catches from the sea. (Matt 17:27). The obverse has a portarit of Emperor Augustus. The reverse has a female figure representing the Tyche of Antioch with the river Orontes at her feet.


Stater of Antioch Stater of Antioch