First Jewish Coin Box: Ancient Judaean Coin of the Second Temple Period
The first Jewish coin was minted around 135 BCE by King John Hyrcanus I of Judea, founder of the Hasmonean dynasty that restored Israel to Jewish rule, giving rise to the so-called Second Temple Period.
John Hyrcanus was King and High Priest of Judea in the second century BCE, a ruler of the legendary Hasmonean dynasty which restored Israel to Jewish power. The son of Simon Maccabaeus, John, took part in the uprising against the Seleucid Empire, as described in the Biblical books of Maccabees, assuming command when his father died. Under John’s leadership, the Jews completely repelled the hated Seleucids from Judea, doubling the size of their kingdom and granting them the opportunity to mint these, the first Jewish coins. The coins obverse shows a double cornucopia flanking a sacred pomegranate, both, symbolizing abundance. The inscription on the reverse of the coin reads Yehohanan (John) the High Priest and the Council of the Jews. Note that there is no imagery of man or animal—as High Priest, John held strictly to the Jewish prohibition on graven images
Comes with a wooden presentation case and certificate of authenticity as well as historical notes.
Diameter: 12-14.5 mm Weight: 1.7-2.4 grams Box measures: 3.87” X 3.87” X 1.25”
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