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Denomination: Bronze Prutah Date: Porcius Festus 59-62 CE
Description: Judaea, Porcius Festus, Procurator under Nero 59-62 AD. NEP/WNO/C, legend in a wreath tied at bottom with an X / Palm-branch surrounded by KAICAPO & date LE.
The palm, the most elegant of trees is one of the symbols of the Mediterranean. It appears everywhere in the art of architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean. Indeed the earliest capitals employed in the palaces of the Hebrew kings were based on the palm.
In Judaism the date is one of the seven agricultural species. The palm branch lulav is the central of the four species, the others being citron etrog, myrtle hadass and willow aravot, used in the festival of Tabernacles, succot.
In Christianity palm branches are used on Palm Sunday, part of the Easter celebrations. The gospel of John (12:12) describes an event involving the palm branch, The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”
This coin struck by Roman procurator Porcius Festus in the time of Nero depicts as its principal motif a palm branch.