AUGUSTUS SILVER TETRADRACHM – 4/3 BC ISSUE STRUCK IN SYRIA AT THE TIME OF CHRIST’S BIRTH – CHOICE XF NGC GRADED ROMAN PROVINCIAL COIN (Inv. 16056)
SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Provincial issue of AUGUSTUS. 27 BC – AD 14.
Silver Tetradrachm,14.90 g, 27 mm. Dated year 28 (Actian era) and Cosular date XII = 4/3 BC.
Obv. Laureate head of Augustus right.
Rev. Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding palm, river god Orontes swimming to right, HK (Actian Era date) above; in right field, IB (consular date) above civic monogram (=ANTIOXIEΩN?).
Prieur 52; RPC 4153.
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, boldly struck with a high relief portrait of Augustus. The date of this coin, 4/3 BC, is within the range of what modern scholarship considers to be the birthdate of Jesus Christ (between 6 and 4 BC).