For thousands of years, the land at the east of the Mediterranean Sea has played a central role in world affairs. Jerusalem alone is a focal point for the world’s three great religions. For Westerners, perhaps the most significant characteristic of the region is that it was the birthplace of Christianity, which has been a dominant influence on culture for over two millennia, and the historical home of Judaism. Given the countless occupants of the region, any given Ancient Coin may have been handled by people from several different groups, Biblical figures, kings… the possibilities are endless.