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Pontius Pilate 30-31AD (P31127)
Pontius Pilate 30-31AD P31127


 
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Minted by Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem in 30 or 31AD during the earthly ministry years of Jesus. THE LITUUS: The lituus was the wooden staff which the Roman priest, or augurs, held in the right hand to symbolize their authority. They would raise the staff toward the heavens to invoke their gods while making their predictions. J.P. Fontanille states that Legend records that Romulus used it at the time of Rome's foundation in 753 B.C.E. It is interesting to note that the cross used in present times is the direct descendant of the lituus. As with the simpulum, Pilate's coinage is exceptional in that it alone displays the lituus as the sole object illustrated on the face.  THE WREATH: The laurel wreath is a symbol of power and victory, an image that has been used on numerous ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish coins. On Pilate's coins, the laurel wreath figures on the reverse side of the lituus, framing the date. This bronze coin weighs 1.22 grams and measures 14mm across.

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