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Did I Just Clean A Coin From Ancient Judaea? Help

 
 
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Germany
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 Posted 04/18/2019  4:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DirtyHarry to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A friend of mine recently received this small coin as a present from his parents coming back from a trip to Jerusalem. Allegedly, a coin from Judaea from the times of Jesus Christ bought from a local dealer:




I offered him to clean it a bit... at least to try to reveal some or any details. This is the best I got:




It looks authentic to me, but what do you think of it?
Any help in identifying this coin, authenticity, value or any other information is much appreciated!
Diameter is roughly 16 mm. and weights around 1.7 g.

Thanks a lot in advance for your help!
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United States
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 Posted 04/18/2019  5:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your friend's coin is similar to this one, a Judaean prutah in the name of Caesar (Greek 'KAICAPOC', i.e. the emperor Augustus) struck by the prefect Marcus Ambibulus during the lifetime of Jesus. The letters on the reverse either side of the palm tree are the date. Due to condition, the value is mostly as a thoughtful gift and a souvenir of the Holy Land.

https://cNGCoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=319997
Edited by Kushanshah
04/18/2019 5:44 pm
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Germany
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 Posted 04/19/2019  12:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DirtyHarry to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a lot Kushanshah for the detailed information on the coin!

Best!
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United Kingdom
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 Posted 04/19/2019  3:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good job on the cleaning - looks like it could continue, but I imagine it would take a long time for not very much improvement.

Definitely looks like a judaean issue. These coins are surprisingly popular even in low grades.
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