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Paleo-Hebrew Script Styles

Distinguishing between the Paleo-Hebrew script styles on Hasmonean coinage is easy most of the time, but for some coins it can be difficult. Some examples perfectly match the expected style of the type and fit neatly into one of the styles below. Some are less typical. The better you know the normal styles, the easier it becomes to identify the odd coins. The samples below are more typical examples of the named styles. Only Hasmonean prutah with the two splayed cornucopias reverse are listed here.

Also see:

Reading Judean Coins


Hendin, D. Guide to Biblical Coins, 6th Edition. (Amphora, 2021).

Classical Style Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Classical Style Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6169 -

Hendin 6171

Hendin 6172

Hendin 6181

Hendin 6185

Wedge Style Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Wedge Style Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6168

Hendin 6174

Hendin 6178

Irregular Square Style Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Irregular Square Style Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6175

Hendin 6176

Hendin 6177

Block Style Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Block Style Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6179

Hendin 6180

Script Style Paleo Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Script Style Paleo Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6175a

Hendin 6175b

Hendin 6175c -

Hendin 6175d -

Hendin 6176a

Hendin 6176b

Cursive Style Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Cursive Style Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6182

Highly Stylized Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin identifies the following types with Highly Stylized or Crude Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6186

Crude Blundered Imitative Paleo-Hebrew

Hendin lists the following types with Crude Blundered Imitative Paleo-Hebrew inscriptions:

Hendin 6187

Hendin 6188

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