Tiberias, Trajan Biblical City AE, Fine, 98/99 C.E.

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TIBERIAS, TRAJAN AE

Sofaer 2, Hendin 4 - 912, RPC 3924, Fine, 23.4mm, 9.57 grams

Obverse: Laureate head of Trajan to right, ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΝЄΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС СЄΒ ΓЄΡ

Reverse: Hygieia seated to right on rock, feeding serpent from patera, ΤΙΒЄΡΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙ around, date ET-AΠ (81 = 98/99 C.E.) across fields

Hygieia was the goddess of health and hygiene. She is featured on this coin as Tiberias was built over a number of hot springs (which function even today)  that were famously known for their health benefits.