The Governor Pontius Pilate coin – New Testament Prutah
Ruler: Pontius Pilate
Date: 26-36 A.D.
This is the same Pilate who tried Jesus at Jerusalem and turned him over to be crucified because of political pressure. This exact coin was found on the eyes of the image in the Shroud of Turin from NASA images, indicating that the person in this image was buried during the time of Pilate.
This coin was used as the small change during the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, and it follows the second commandment by not using human images. Pilate, however, used pagan symbols on these coins; either the lituus (a wand used by an augur for divination), or a libation ladle (used for libation offerings to pagan deities). The inscription around the outside of the coin reads, “of Tiberias Caesar,” the emperor during that time. The reverse of the coin has a wreath on the outside with the year in the center (LIS = 29/30 A.D., LIZ = 30/31 A.D., LIH = 31/32 A.D.).
Pontius Pilate was disliked by the Jews and was an ineffective ruler, known for taking bribes, and enforcing the laws with cruelty. He was finally removed from office after he massacred many of the Samaritans on Mt. Gerazim during a religious ceremony.