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Hanukkah

In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil. John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon the Maccabee and nephew of Judah Maccabee, the hero of the Hanukkah story. John Hyrcanus was the first Jewish ruler to issue coins in his own name.

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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175 - 164 B.C., Quasi-Municipal Antioch Issue

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In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. After three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple and the eight-day miracle of the menorah in 165 B.C.
GY77863. Bronze AE 20, Houghton-Lorber II 1418.1h; Babelon Rois 635, HGC 9 656 (R1), BMC Seleucid p. 40, 65 var. (H vice X); Houghton CSE 131 var. (monogram vice X), F, black patina with brassy high-points on obverse, well centered on a tight flan, weight 8.244 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 168 - 164 B.C.; obverse radiate and diademed head of Antiochos IV right, one diadem flying up behind, the other falling forward over shoulder; reverse ANTIOXOY/TΩN / Π−POΣ ∆AΦNHI, Zeus standing slightly right, head left, raising wreath in extended right, resting left hand on side, X (control) outer left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $40.00 (Ä35.60)


Hanukkah Lot - 8 Maccabees (Hasmonean) Coins and one Antiochus IV Coin, c. 175 - 37 B.C.

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In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil.

Use our website catalog to identify the coins with your children. Enjoy a fun family project that will inspire them to learn ancient Jewish history!

Click here for a discussion on how to read the paleo-Hebrew inscriptions and identify the Judaean king and date.
LT59406. Bronze lot, 8 all different prutot and lepta of the Maccabee (Hasmonean Dynasty) Kings and one coin of the nemesis Seleukid King, Antiochus IV, nice examples, all attributable, actual coins in the photograph; SOLD


Hanukkah Lot - 11 Maccabees (Hasmonean) Coins and One Antiochus IV Coin, c. 175 - 37 B.C.

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In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil.

Use our website catalog to identify the coins with your children. Enjoy a fun family project that will inspire them to learn ancient Jewish history!
LT51128. Bronze lot, 11 prutot and lepta of the Maccabee (Hasmonean Dynasty) Kings and one coin of the nemesis Seleukid King, Antiochus IV, nice examples, actual coins in the photograph, as is, no returns; SOLD











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