Alexander Jannaeus: King Of Israel, Bronze Prutah 102 Bcepomegranate is available for sale on eBay at $75.00 (subject to changes) for a limited time. Buy it now at low price.
Maccabaean King and High Priest of Ancient ISRAEL: ALEXANDER
Bronze Prutah (14mm, 1.21 gm), Jerusalem 103-76 B.C.
Reference: Hendin 473.
Double cornucopiae adorned with ribbons and a pomegranate between.
Archaic Hebrew inscription... Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the
Jews surrounded by wreath.
Provided with certificate of authenticity.
CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC by Sergey Nechayev, PhD - Numismatic Expert
Numismatic Note* Genuine 2100 Year Old Jewish Prutah of Alexander Jannaeus, featuring an Archaic
Inscription which Reads: "Yehonatan the High Priest and Council of the Jews".
Also Featuring Two Symbols of
Ancient Israel - the Cornucopia and Pomegranate, among the Earliest Jewish Coin
Alexander Jannaeus, High Priest and King of ancient Israel. Alexander Jannaeus
was an ambitious warrior who increased the size of the kingdom to approximate
that of King David. His rule saw, however, a civil war which divided Judaea from
95-89 BCE, but he reunited the Jews to prevent a Syrian invasion attempt. This
coin was originally minted in the Holy Land between 103 - 76 BCE and survives in
fine condition with much of the original art and inscriptions still visible. The
irregular shape is completely normal for this coinage. The coin you see here
bears an archaic Hebrew inscription which reads, "Yehonatan the High Priest and
the Council of the Jews". It also features a symbolic double cornucopia adorned
with ribbons and a pomegranate.
The cornucopia was certainly one of the most popular symbols of the ancient
world, but it was the Jews who institutionalized it as a symbol representing the
richness of the Holy Land of Israel . The addition of the pomegranate served as
a symbol with a variety of interpretations. One belief was that by eating it
your merits would increase by the number of seeds in the fruit. Another belief
was that there were 613 seeds in the fruit, thus equating it with the number of
commandments in the Torah.
Jewish Coinage History: The earliest Jewish coins came into existence during the
Maccabaen period. This was well after coinage had been established in the
ancient world. This was due in large part to the invasion by the Babylonians in
586 BCE which virtually destroyed the Judaean kingdom just around the time that
coinage was first becoming established. The Jews eventually returned to their
former home, but the authority to coin money remained in the hands of the
Persians. This situation existed until the time of the Maccabees ( Hasmonean
Dynasty ) when John Hyrcanus I, nephew of Judah Maccabee, became the first
Jewish ruler to mint coins in his own name. This important and historic
event occurred shortly after 135 BCE.
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