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ancient jewish coins

The first Judean coins were first officially issued in the 4th century BCE in the Yehud Medinata, the “province of Judah” which was an autonomous province of the Persian Empire with the permission of the imperial government, and they continued in some form through the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Unlike later Jewish coinage, they depicted plants, animals and even human beings. They bore an owl motif (inspired by the Greek goddess Athena) and the inscription Yehud (YHD) indicating their provenance. During the rule of Antioch VII (Seleucid Empire) half-Syrian and half-Israeli coins were issued with an image of a lily that symbolized Jerusalem. The first purely Jewish coins were issued in 135 BCE   in the Hasmonean Kingdom, which was founded after the successful rebellion led by Simon Maccabaeus. The Romans, of course, minted their own coins during the period of their hegemony, but these coins differed greatly under different suzerains. Herod, for instance, issued coins with a wide range of motifs including the first living being - an eagle - to be depicted since the Persian era. The Jews themselves issued coins during the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans (in Israel Roman coins are often found dating back to this period with images that were struck on top of the Roman ones).  The Crusaders also had some very interesting coins, and another curiosity is European-made counterfeits of ancient Hebrew coins that were made sometime around the 16th century and were supposedly those that Judas Iscariot received for betraying his master.

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Herod the Great, 37, replica of a Jewish coin

Catalog number: JWC01

Your Price: 6.00 €

Herod the Great (year 37 of Old Age, tin replica of a Jewish coin. Hand casted with patina. Size: approx. 2.2 cm in a diameter.

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Shekel of Simon the Maccabee, replica of a Jewish coin

Catalog number: JWC02

Your Price: 5.00 €

Simon the Maccabee (year 143 of Old Age, tin replica of a Jewish coin shekel. Hand casted with patina. Size: approx. 2.2 cm in a diameter.

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Shekel, Tetradrachma, tin replica

Catalog number: JWC3

Your Price: 6.00 €


Shekel, Tetradrachma, tin replica. Size: 3 x 24-26 mm.

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