Authentic Bible coins and Antiquities from Bible times for education and sale.
When my high school history teacher brought in an ancient coin from our local museum. It was the most recognizable, and most loved ancient coin -the Athenian tetradrachm from the Greek Classical period 449-412 BC. As we passed around the silver dollar sized coin -my fascination began and increased as I read a small booklet featuring an exhibit of Greek coins in the ROM by Alison Easson titled: Money Alone Sets All The World In Motion.”
Was purchased in July 1991 for $7 -a low-grade widow’s mite of Valerius Gratus (the Roman procurator before Pontius Pilate). At the time I did not know that Gratus was made famous in the book Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ and its derived films, when he was almost killed by a loose roof tile accidentally falling from the home of Judah Ben-Hur, which prompts all subsequent events of the story based in Jerusalem AD 26.
Coins of Bible Days by Florence Banks.
I was amazed to learn that not only do we know what coins were used in the Bible -but that there were readily available. Immediately I sold my modest modern coin collection and purchased 7 ancient coins for under $500
As a child in Sunday school, I longed for someone to bridge the gap between Bible times and today. Counselling at a Christian camp -I saw how campers and staff, were fascinated by the few ancient coins I showed them.
No expense is spared for movie production -except maybe reading the Bible. So often, Hollywood gets it wrong (as in The Passion of The Christ) by not consulting authorities or even Christians. We know the coins -and many of them are less expensive than the inaccurate props -so why not show them on the money changers table or other scenes dealing with coins?
The more I studied, the more I learned that
there were hundreds of coins and artifacts
that could be displayed. The Widow's Mite; the Tribute Penny; an example of the 30 Pieces of Silver Judas received. Roman nails and why they are shaped square. A modern medical skeleton showing the correct placement of nails in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Our first major exhibit at a Christian Expo
proved a great success. For many years,
our travelling exhibit was available to:
churches, schools, and Christian camps.
The Collection is now online.
The Collection of a Lifetime would be fitting for a museum or Bible college.
Ideally, the collection should be kept intact.
The JK Collection of Biblical coins has now been placed in the upcoming Leu, CNG and Roma Numismatic auctions.