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Pontius Pilate 29AD Simpulum (P29122)
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This is a nice quality natural patina prutah coin minted by Pontius Pilate in 29AD, during the time of Christ's earthly ministry. Both sides show very centered images with high contrast clear deep images. One side shows a ladle called a simpulum and the reverse side shows 3 ears of barley.
THE SIMPULUM: The simpulum was a ladle utensil used by Roman priests during their religious ceremonies. This ladle allowed the priests to taste the wine which they poured onto the head of an animal destined for their pagan sacrifice.
THE THREE EARS OF BARLEY: The three ears of barley which appears on the opposite side was a symbol that was not offensive to the Jews. This is the first time that the ears of barley appeared on Jewish coins, but it had no Jewish significance. Herod Agrippa also used ears of barley on his coins 12 years later.
This coin has a very high contrast brownish natural patina. The coin is 16mm, 2.58 grams.
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