(Yehudah), Ptolemaic Rule, Ptolemy II , 285 - 246 B.C.
Ptolemy II requested copies of Jewish texts for the Library at . There they were translated and transcribed by seventy Jewish scholars hired for the purpose, creating the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Many of the oldest Biblical verses among the Dead Sea Scrolls, particularly those in Aramaic, correspond more closely with the Septuagint than with the Hebrew text.SH54977. Silver quarter ma'ah, 32; pl. 21, 24; 1087, gF, 0.192 g, maximum 6.4 mm, 180o, Jerusalem(?) mint, 285 - 246 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy I right; standing half left on thunderbolt, wings open, left, Aramaic YHDH (Yehudah) on left; $155.00 (Ä137.95)
Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius III , c. 96 - 87 B.C.
Demetrius III ("the Timely") was nicknamed ("the Untimely) by the Jews. He defeated the Hasmonaean Priest Alexander Jannaeus but was forced to withdraw from by the hostile population. While attempting to dethrone his brother, , he was defeated by the Arabs and , and taken prisoner. He was held in confinement in by Mithridates II until his death in 88 B.C.SL46356. Bronze AE 17, II 2455(3) (referencing only Spaer); 2851; H44 (this coin), NGC , strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (4161251-008), 3.107 g, maximum 17.4 mm, 0o, mint, 95 - 94 B.C.; diademed, lightly bearded of Demetrius III right; BACIΛEΩC ∆HMHTPIOY ΘEOY ΦIΛOMHTOPOC CΩTHPOC, standing facing, frond in right, in left, N over A outer left, HIΣ (year 218) in ; ex (found of the Sea of Galilee in 1989), NGC Certified (photographed before the coin was slabbed); $60.00 (Ä53.40)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II , 285 - 246 B.C., Joppa,
Between 320 and 318 B.C., Ptolemy I, then of , took advantage of the dissent among his rivals and secured the of .
Click here to read about Joppa on Bob Baird's Ancient RoutesSH09008. Silver
, 461, 799-800, VF, 14.02 g, maximum 25.9 mm, 0o, , Joppa mint, diademed of Ptolemy I right, wearing ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, standing left on thunderbolt, IOΠ left, LA and Θ right, A between eagle's legs; artistic, high-relief portrait, partially uncleaned; SOLD
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