I’m very pleased to offer you the historic silver Tetradrachm of Augustus from Antioch – for the first time ever in our catalogs! This famous coin depicts Rome’s celebrated first emperor, who reigned from 27 B.C. to A.D. 14, and was hand struck in the great provincial city of Antioch honored on the reverse.
These legendary coins of Biblical times were hand struck during or close to the year when Jesus was thought to be born (5 B.C.). And they were among the most prominent coins used to pay the hated temple tax, about which Jesus speaks in biblical accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Weighing about 15 grams and containing over 75% silver, these large attractive pieces are similar to coinage circulated by Seleucid emperors in Syria before being conquered by Rome in 64 B.C.
The sought-after portrait of Rome’s first emperor is surrounded by a Greek inscription translating to “Of Caesar Augustus”. The reverse features the seated goddess Tyche – symbol and deity of ancient Antioch – holding a palm branch and wearing the gates of the city upon her head. To the lower right is the river god Orontes, swimming the major river through Antioch that is named Orontes after the deity.
I was very fortunate to find a small quantity of these prized Augustus coins, as they usually turn up just one or two at a time and are almost never found in groups. In addition, these silver Tetradrachms have been preserved in Very Fine condition for more than 2,000 years, and feature impressive design details. I urge you not to miss this opportunity to own one of the most famous and sought-after coins from Biblical times and Ancient Rome!
- Material: Silver
- Product Type: Single Products
- Rulers: Augustus (27 B.C. - A.D. 14)
- Location: Europe