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Known by the nickname Antipas, he was the son of Herod I (the Great). He was appointed tetrarch of Galilee by Caesar Augustus after his father’s death in 4 BC. He divorced his first wife and married his brother Phillip’s wife, Herodias. When John the Baptist reproached Herod for this marriage, Herodias talked her husband into imprisoning him. She then persuaded her daughter, Salome, to ask for the Baptist’s head in return for dancing at her stepfather’s birthday feast. Antipas reluctantly beheaded John. He built a city called Tiberius along the Sea of Galilee in honor of his patron, the notorious Emperor Tiberius (14 - 37 AD). When Jesus was arrested in Jerusalem (Luke 23:11), Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judaea, first sent him to Antipas, because Jesus came from Antipas’ realm. The Tetrarch was eager to see Jesus, expecting to see miracles, but soon had Him beaten and returned Him to Pilate to be crucified. An Exact Replica BC-5



Herod succeeded to the throne after his father Antipater I, chief minister of Judea. He eventually made his son Herod the Governor of Galilee. He was later appointed puppet king of Judea by Rome. He liked the Greek culture and was a man of violent jealousies and passions. He built the second Temple in Jerusalem. It was near the end of his reign that Jesus was born. After hearing of a King of the Jews being born in Bethlehem, Herod ordered the death of all male children in that town up to 2 years of age, so Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to save the life of Jesus. The obverse shows a Macedonian helmet. On the reverse is a tripod used to demonstrate Herod’s pagan spirit and was possibly copied from Greek coins. “… he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16. BC-4


Herod the Great

This coin comes from a silver mint in Tyre, a large port city in Phoenicia (now Lebanon) which was among the first cities in the region to strike its own coinage. Considered one of the most popular coins in the Bible, it was probably 30 of these pieces of silver (possibly in combination with the Stater of Antioch coins) that Judas was given 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 Hercules. 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 and Inviolable Sanctuary.” The club is a symbol of Melkarth.
An Exact Replica BC-2

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Shekel of Tyre

Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36. He served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known for presiding over the trial of Jesus and ordering His crucifixion. On the obverse is a ladle called a Simpulum, a ladle with a long handle that was used by the priests during religious ceremonies. It allowed the priests to taste the wine that they poured onto the head of an animal destined for sacrifice. It reads TIBEPIOY KAICA POC (of Tiberius Caesar) LIS (is a coded date for 29 AD) IOYLIA KAICA POC (of Julia Caesar). The lepton was the lowest denomination coin in circulation.
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 between 132 and 135 AD. 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 and in copper with rebellious inscriptions. All of these were over struck on 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.
An Exact Replica BC-10


Judea Capta judea capta back

SHEKEL 66-70 A.D.
The First Jewish Revolt (66–73 AD) 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 and to its vast treasury loaded with silver Tyrian coins that had been paid in taxes over the years. With the silver they struck the most famous of all Jewish coins, the shekel and half-shekel in different denominations. 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.”
An Exact Replica BC-13


Shekel Back

This half-shekel was struck and issued by the rebels in the year 68 AD, during year 3 of the First Jewish Revolt. The obverse says, in paleo-Hebrew script, “Half Shekel, Israel.” The date is given above the chalice (reading right to left) as Shin Gimel. Gimel is the third letter of the old Hebrew alphabet, thus the third year of the Rebellion. On the reverse are the three pomegranates in symbolic transition from flower to fruit, and the words Yerushalem ha-?edoshah (Jerusalem the Holy).
An Exact Replica BC-12


half shekel
Half Shekel

QUARTER SHEKEL 132-135 A.D. During the Second Jewish Revolt (The Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132–136), coins were struck over Roman denarii and drachmas of Antioch. On the obverse is a grape cluster and the legend “Simon.” The reverse has two trumpets and the legend, “Deliverance of Jerusalem.”
An Exact Replica BC-8


Quarter Shekel
Quarter Shekel

Bronze Widow's Mite OF Coponius
6-9 AD

This is one of the low value bronze Roman coins commonly called a widow’s mite. Mite is the 1611 King James Bible translation for the Greek λεπτον, or lepton. They were struck under Coponius, the first Roman procurator of Judea from 6-9 AD, and were still in circulation during Jesus’ lifetime. They are frequently mentioned in the New Testament, for example in Luke 21:1- 4 “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.’” The obverse shows an ear of grain and the Greek word ΚΑΙζΑΡΟζ (Kaisaros), meaning “of Caesar” or “Caesar’s”. The reverse shows a palm tree and a date code LΛ.
An Exact Replica BC-7


Widows Mite
Widows Mite

This was the standard coin used during Jesus’ lifetime when Tiberius (42 BC–37 AD) was Emperor. Tiberius ruled from 14 to 37 AD and was the son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla. The Bible tells us that some Pharisees and the Herodians came to Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay? And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” (Mark 12:13-17). This is the coin that Jesus was talking about.
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 (the Kitos War 115–117 AD) where they struck over Roman denarii and drachmas of Antioch. Most of the coins during the Revolt had biblical symbols such as musical instruments, palm branches and grapes. The obverse has a lyre with 3 strings, and 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 both silver and copper with inscriptions in Hebrew, and were struck by Elizar. They were dated the 2, 3, and 4th years of the First Jewish– Roman War (66–73 AD), sometimes called The Great Revolt. On the obverse, the amphora, as a Temple motif, served as an inspirational symbol during the Bar Kochba (the third) Revolt (132– 135 AD). The legend reads “Deliverance of Israel.” The reverse has a grape leaf, which represents one of seven kinds of fruit frequently mentioned in the Bible.
An Exact Replica BC-1


Dilepton Dilepton

It could have been 30 of these pieces of silver (possibly in combination with Shekels of Tyre) that Judas was given to betray Jesus to the Sanhedrin. This coin could also have been the one used to pay the “Temple Tax.” There are numerous mentions of this coin in the Bible. One is in Matthew 17:27, which says that Jesus told Peter to pay the taxes with a coin that he would find in the mouth of the first fish that he caught from the sea. The obverse is a portrait of Emperor Augustus (31 BC-14 AD). The reverse has a female figure representing the Tyche of Antioch with the river Orontes at her feet.


Stater of Antioch Stater of Antioch

103-76 BC
This is one of the low value bronze Judean coins commonly called a widow’s mite. Mite is the 1611 King James Bible translation for the Greek λεπτον, or lepton. The most common of these types were struck during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus, one of the last Jewish kings before the Roman annexation of Judaea. Most leptons and prutahs (slightly larger than leptons) were very crudely made, usually off center on irregular flans (cast metal discs). Both the leptons and prutahs are called star anchor types. The obverse features an anchor within a circle, and the king’s name. The reverse depicts an 8-rayed star. These small coins were struck in Jerusalem from the time of the earliest Maccabees, and by their successor, King Herod the Great. These coins were used in Jerusalem until the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.
An Exact Replica BC-15