Bronze coin (prutah), Roman Judea, minted by Pontius Pilate, year 29, Size: 16.37mm
Did you know Nickle Galleries’ Numismatic Collection comprises of 23,000 artifacts? These include coins, paper currency, tokens, medals, shells, tea and other forms of early currency. This modest yet intriguing bronze coin, called a prutah, was recently added to the collection. It was minted by Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor of Judaea (26-36) who presided at the trial of Jesus and gave the order for his crucifixion. The coins dates to year 29 – a year before the trial and at the height of Jesus’ ministry; it features a sacrificial ladle on one side, 3 ears of grain on the other.
This is an important Biblical coin that enhances the teaching and research potential of the Nickle’s collections.
For more Biblical coins, visit Coins of Jesus: Money and Religion in the Ancient World, an online exhibition curated by Marina Fischer or you are welcome to browse the Numismatic Collection.