Valerius Gratus


Valerius Gratus

Bronze prutah, 16 mm, 1.83 gm.
within wreath tied at base with an X.
Rev.: IOY LIA and date, LIL (year 11).
(reference to Julia Livia, mother of Tiberius) Curved palm branch.

Procurator of Judea, AD 15-26.

Valerius Gratus ruled Judea for most of Christ's lifetime. He was the longest serving procurator and became very involved with the affairs of the high priests, who generally approved of him.

Inv#: 6965


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