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"A Numismatic trip throughout the Bible" is an try and convey the Bible to existence in a brand new type of manner - via linking as many Biblical tales as attainable to cash, a lot of that are universal adequate for us as a way to see, and sometimes to truly personal. during this manner the writer hopes to place readers in contact with occasions that, although they occurred many years in the past, can nonetheless have nice that means for us this day. The chapters are written in Biblical order. The outdated testomony first, operating via to the e-book of Revelation on the finish. different fabric, proper yet now not really a part of the Bible, is incorporated in chapters among these dealing at once with the Bible itself. each one coin is illustrated with approximate values given in GBP and US$ and the e-book is choked with a wealth of heritage information regarding the Bible, in a simple to learn kind appropriate for every age.

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Zeus standing holding sceptre and thunderbolt: eagle at feet. B68: VF £50 / $100 AE Antiochus IV, 175-184 BC, Antioch mint. Obv. Radiate head of Antiochus. Rev. Apollo with bow, reaching for an arrow from the quiver on his shoulder. More interesting, also from Antioch minted around 168 BC, is B69, one a set of three bronze coins which we call Antiochus IV’s “Egyptianising” issue. The smallest has the radiate head of Antiochus himself on the obverse: the middle one portrays the head of 32 Between the Old Testament and the Gospels Isis; and this largest coin has the head of Zeus Serapis.

The obverse shows the King sacrificing at an altar – but the writing is a form of Greek, which we call “Bactrian” with an additional letter p equalling “Sh”. B54: VF £250 / $500 AU stater. The Kushans of Afghanistan/Pakistan. Kanishka II, c229-247 AD Obv. King sacrificing at an altar. Around, from 1 o’clock, shaonano shao Kaneshko Koshano “King of Kings Kanishka the Kushan”. Rev. Ardochsho, the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Vishnu, enthroned with her feet on a lotus. Alexander’s own reputation, numismatically speaking, was to last much longer than that!

AU salut d’or B135: VF £1000 / $2000 Naples and Provence 1285-1309 Charles II Rev. “The Annunciation”. The angel of the Lord also appeared to Joseph, as St. Matthew chapter 1, verse 23 relates. This quotes the prophecy in Isaiah chapter 7, verse 14 and reads, “They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”. “Emmanuel”, written in Greek, surrounds the figure of Christ on the obverse of this 11th century Byzantine “anonymous” coin, B136. The reverse shows the Cross, with the words, “Jesus Christ conquers”.

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