JUDAEA, Porcius Festus, 59-62 AD, bronze prutah, year 5 of Nero, 58 AD


JUDAEA, Porcius Festus, 59-62 AD, prutah, year 5 of Nero, 58 AD, misattributed in Sear!, Obverse: ΝΕΡΟ in wreath, Reverse: palm branch, KAISAROS LE, bronze, 17mm, 1.64g, H653, SGI5627, off center, VF

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