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Lot 368: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Late 1st century B.C. Æ trichalkon. Year 25 of the Actian era (7/6 B.C.). P. Quinctilius Varus, governor.

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Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Late 1st century B.C. Æ trichalkon (19 mm, 5.58 g, 12 h). Year 25 of the Actian era (7/6 B.C.). P. Quinctilius Varus, governor. Laureate head of Zeus right / ΑΝΤΙ[ΟΧΕΩΝ] ΜΗΤΡ[ΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ], Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding palm; below, half-length figure of river-god Orontes swimming right; in right field, EK (Actian era date). McAlee 85; RPC 4242. Scarce issue under Varus. Earthen dark-brown patina. Fine.

From an American Collection of Biblical and Related Coinage.

This coin would have been circulating within the Levant at the time of Jesus' birth when P. Quinctilius Varus was governor. Varus, a celebrated general of the early empire and former consul, would go down in infamy fifteen years later when his three legions (XVII, XVIII and XIX) were ambushed and annihilated by the Cheruscians under the leadership of their chief, Arminius, a former Roman auxiliary officer, in what become known as the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.

Lot Details
  • Offered By: Barry P. Murphy
  • Lot #: 368
  • Listing #: 177218
  • Closed: Friday, September 16, 2016 7:02:20 PM CT
  • Estimate: $75
  • Collection: U.S. Collection of Biblical and Related Coinage