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Judean Kingdom

Coins of Judaea and Palestine are also presented in our Judean and Biblical catalog section. Here coins of the Judaea Kingdom are grouped together and listed from highest price to lowest. In our Judean and Biblical catalog section coins are organized by types and rulers and are presented with additional historical information and biblical references.


Lot of 100 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
LT90796. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 100 coins; $580.00 (435.00)

Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, 55 - 95 A.D., Struck for Vespasian
Click for a larger photo Julius Marcus Agrippa was a teenager studying in Rome when his father died. He was too young to rule and his father's kingdom was made a Roman province. About 6 years later, he was given the kingdom of his uncle Herod of Chalcis. Later more was added. It was before Herod Agrippa II that Saint Paul was tried. Agrippa sided with the Romans during the Jewish rebellion. Though he continued to rule until at least 95 A.D., the temple was destroyed and in the end his assigned territories were in Syria, not Judaea.
SH90326. Bronze AE 30, RPC II 2283; Meshorer 166; Hendin 1288; AJC II 38, F, weight 15.554 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Panaeas mint, 75 - 76 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Vespasian right; reverse Tyche-Demeter standing left, kalathos on head, two grain ears in extended right, cornucopia in left, star upper left, ETOY − KZ BA / AΓPI−ΠΠA (year 27, King Agrippa) flanking in two lines across field; ex CNG auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 292 and auction 75 (23 May 2007), lot 863.; $450.00 (337.50)

Lot of 50 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
LT90798. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 50 coins; $325.00 (243.75)

Lot of 50 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo These coins make a nice gift that spreads Christ's message on the importance of giving charity. Inspire the kids at Bible study or sell them for a Church fundraiser.
LT90799. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 50 coins; $325.00 (243.75) ON RESERVE

Lot of 10 Prutot, Judean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa I, 37 - 44 A.D.
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LT67261. Bronze Hendin 1244, lot of 10 prutot (singular: prutah), Jerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse AΓPIΠA BACIΛEWC (King Agrippa), umbrella-like canopy with fringes; reverse three heads of barley between two leaves, flanked by L - ς (year 6); actual coins in the photograph; $270.00 (202.50)

Lot of 8 Prutot, Judean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa I, 37 - 44 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Agrippa was son of Aristobulus and Bernice, a grandson of Herod the Great. He spent his boyhood at the imperial court in Rome. His friend Caligula bestowed former territories of Philip and Herod Antipas. Claudius bestowed Judaea. He had James, the brother of John, executed (Acts 12:1-2) and imprisoned Peter (Acts 12:3-5).
LT67264. Bronze lot, Hendin 1244, lot of 8 prutot (singular: prutah), Jerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse AΓPIΠA BACIΛEWC (King Agrippa), umbrella-like canopy with fringes; reverse three heads of barley between two leaves, flanked by L - ς (year 6); actual coins in the photograph; $225.00 (168.75)

Lot of 25 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

LT90800. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 25 coins; $175.00 (131.25) ON RESERVE

Lot of 25 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo These coins make a nice gift that spreads Christ's message on the importance of giving charity. Inspire the kids at Bible study or sell them for a Church fundraiser.
LT90801. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 25 coins; $175.00 (131.25) ON RESERVE

Lot of 25 Widow's Mite Lepta
Click for a larger photo Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

LT90803. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1152 or 1153, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet within dot circle, sometimes surrounded by a barbaric blundered Aramaic inscription, King Alexander Year 25; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (barbaric and blundered), upside-down anchor within linear circle; most small, worn, crude, and off center on irregular flans (typical for widow's mites); the actual coins in the photo; as-is, no returns; 25 coins; $170.00 (127.50) ON RESERVE

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type has been reattributed from Hyrcanus II to Alexander Jannaeus by Hendin and Shachar in "The Identity of YNTN on Hasmonean Overstruck Coins and the Chronology of the Alexander Jannaeus Types," Israel Numismatic Research 3, 2008: 87-94. It appears this type was overstruck on earlier coins of Alexander Jannaeus that had never been released from the mint.
JD55299. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1149, Meshorer TJC type T, gVF, bold, overstruck, weight 2.006 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription within wreath: Yonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; $80.00 (60.00)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The single cornucopia and weight indicate this type was valued at half of Antigonus double cornucopia type. Even so, it is a large bronze compared with the usual Judean prutah denomination.
JD47404. Bronze AE 20, Hendin 1163, Meshorer TJC 37, aVF, weight 7.495 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah the High Priest and Council of the Jews, single cornucopia tied with ribbons, grapes and grape vine hang; reverse BACILEΩC ANTIΓONOY (of King Antigonus), legend within wreath and border of dots; scarce; $70.00 (52.50)

Judean Kingdom, Judah Aristobulus I (Yehudah), 104 - 103 B.C.
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JD71257. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1143, F, weight 1.871 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; $70.00 (52.50)

Judean Kingdom, Herod the Great, 37 - 4 B.C.
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JD71259. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1174, aF, weight 0.956 g, maximum diameter 13.0 mm, die axis 45o, obverse HPΩ∆OY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, blundered legend with missing and retrograde letters within concentric circles; reverse anchor within circle decorated with stylized lily flowers; $60.00 (45.00)

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo "And now the king's wife loosed the king's brethren, and made Alexander king, who appeared both elder in age, and more moderate in his temper than the rest." (Josephus, Wars, I, IV:1)
JD54973. Bronze prutah, Meshorer TJC Q, Hendin 1144, VF, weight 2.572 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; $50.00 (37.50)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
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JD55121. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1164, F, weight 1.461 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse retrograde Paleo-Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah, within wreath and border of dots; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, barley stalk between horns, border of dots; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); scarce; $45.00 (33.75)

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type is recognized for its "cursive style" script.
JD55293. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1146, SNG ANS 116, Meshorer TJC R, aVF, off center, weight 1.836 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, in cursive style script, within wreath: Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $45.00 (33.75)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
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JD55545. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1164, Meshorer TJC 40, aVF, weight 2.495 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse retrograde Paleo-Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah, within wreath and border of dots; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, barley stalk between horns, border of dots; red on black desert patina; scarce; $45.00 (33.75)

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type is recognized for its "cursive style" script.
JD28864. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1146, SNG ANS 116, gF, weight 1.920 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, cursive style script, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; nice "desert" fill patina; $40.00 (30.00)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The single cornucopia and weight indicate this type was valued at half of Antigonus double cornucopia type. Even so, it is a large bronze compared with the usual Judean prutah denomination.
JD55792. Bronze AE 20, Hendin 1163, Meshorer TJC 37, F, weight 6.157 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah the High Priest and Council of the Jews, single cornucopia tied with ribbons, grapes and grape vine hang; reverse BACILEΩC ANTIΓONOY (of King Antigonus), legend within wreath and border of dots; scarce; $40.00 (30.00)

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type has been reattributed from Hyrcanus II to Alexander Jannaeus by Hendin and Shachar in "The Identity of YNTN on Hasmonean Overstruck Coins and the Chronology of the Alexander Jannaeus Types," Israel Numismatic Research 3, 2008: 87-94. It appears this type was overstruck on earlier coins of Alexander Jannaeus that had never been released from the mint.
JD58099. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1149, overstruck on an earlier prutot, VF, encrusted, weight 1.733 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia with pomegranate between horns; $40.00 (30.00)

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The lily was regarded as the choicest among the flowers. It graced the capitals of the two main pillars which stood at the entrance to the sanctuary.
JD36280. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1148, SGCV II 6086, F, weight 1.475 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the King, around lily; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander in Greek), upside-down anchor, within a linear circle; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); scarce; $36.00 (27.00)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The single cornucopia and weight indicate this type was valued at half of Antigonus double cornucopia type. Even so, it is a large bronze compared with the usual Judean prutah denomination.
JD43485. Bronze AE 20, Hendin 1163, Meshorer TJC 37, aF, weak strike, weight 6.708 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah the High Priest, single cornucopia tied with ribbons, decorated with grape vine, leaves and grapes; reverse BACIΛEΩC ANTIΓONOY (of King Antigonus), legend within wreath and border of dots; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); scarce; $36.00 (27.00)

Judean Kingdom, Mattathias Antigonus (Mattatayah), 40 - 37 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This large bronze type was meant to impress the population and improve support for Antigonus against his rival Herod the Great.
JD43617. Bronze AE 24, Hendin 1162, Fair, weight 15.127 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Mattatayah the High Priest and Council of the Jews, around and between the horns of a double cornucopia; reverse BACIΛEΩC ANTIΓONOY (of King Antigonus), ivy wreath tied at the top with ribbons hanging down; scarce; $36.00 (27.00)

Judaean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Unpopular, Jannaeus was pelted with citrons on Sukkot. Enraged, he killed some 6,000 citizens. A revolt erupted and rebels called on the Seleucid King Demetrius III for aid. Demetrius forced him into the mountains but then withdrew. Back in power, Jannaeus crucified 800 rebels forcing them to watch the slaughter of their wives and children from their crosses.
JD63779. Bronze lepton, Meshorer TJC L11, Hendin 1153 var. (barbaric), VF, weight 0.677 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse blundered crude anchor that looks like a cross; reverse blundered star; ex Forum 2006; very unusual; $36.00 (27.00) ON RESERVE

Judean Kingdom, Herod the Great, 37 - 4 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Herod's most famous and ambitious project was his magnificent expansion of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 20 - 19 B.C. Although work on out-buildings continued another eighty years, the new Temple was finished in a year and a half. To comply with religious law, Herod employed 1,000 priests as masons and carpenters. The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Today, only the four retaining walls of the Temple Mount remain standing, including the Western Wall.
JD71265. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1188, Meshorer TJC 59, aF, weight 1.430 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 45o, Jerusalem mint, obverse HPΩ BACIΛ, anchor; reverse double cornucopia with caduceus between horns, pellets above; $24.00 (18.00)

Judean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa I, 37 - 44 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On 24 January 41, Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, was assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. On 25 January 25, after a night of negotiation, Claudius was accepted was Emperor by the Senate. Claudius made Herod Agrippa I the King of Judea.
JD71271. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1244, Meshorer TJC 120, Fair, weight 1.848 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse AΓPIΠA BACIΛEWC (King Agrippa), umbrella-like canopy with fringes; reverse three heads of barley between two leaves, flanked by L - ς (year 6); $10.00 (7.50)


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