Ruler: Septimus Severus
Date: 193-211 AD
Obverse: Septimus Severus
Reference: RIC IV 670
Even though this Bronze coin is not from the Biblical era I have chosen it because of the design on the reverse that helps us understand coins types of the 1st Century.
On the reverse we see three ladies. Though hard to see, they are each holding a cornupopia and a scale. They represent the three types of money that were used in the 1st Centruy: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The scale were used to make sure the precious metals were the right weight and the cornucopia stand for abundance.
The Roman Government allowed the minting of Bronze coins in local towns. Usually this type of coin did not travel far from where it was minted and would be used to buy the basics like oil for your lamps and bread. Many Bronze coins contain writing (either words or letters that represent numbers) that helps us to date the coin and the town where it was minted.