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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.

If you order one of our Hanukkah Lots or Jewish - Biblical Starter Sets, we will be happy to provide a coin identification lesson for your family over the telephone or instant messenger.


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


33 Ancient Jewish Bronze Coins, c. 104 B.C. - 70 A.D.

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Lot Includes:
Maccabees (Hasmonean)
Widow's Mites (Alexander Jannaeus)
Herodian
Roman Procurators
Jewish Revolt (2)

Use our website catalog to specifically identify the coins and read historical information and Biblical references.

Click here for our NumisWiki page on the paleo-Hebrew alphabet.

LT55417. Bronze Lot, 33 prutot and lepta, aF - VF, actual coins in the photograph; as is, no returns; SOLD











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