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 Year 30.
Zak’s Antiquities is the website of Zak’s fine art and antiquities. Located on the Christian Quarter road in Jerusalem’s Old City. The shop began in 1964 and has remained as a family owned and operated business till this day. For the past 50 years Zak’s Antiquities has sold ancient coins, antiquities and art authentic to Israel and Jerusalem.