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Judean Kingdom, Herod the Great, 37 - 4 B.C.
Very rare in this condition with such a bold strike.
The caduceus is the wing-topped staff, with two snakes winding about it, carried by Hermes. According to one myth it was given to him by Apollo. The caduceus was carried by Greek heralds and ambassadors and became a Roman symbol for truce, neutrality, and noncombatant status. The Herodians were friends to Rome and the caduceus was an appropriate symbol of that relationship.
SH26930. Bronze two prutot, Meshorer TJC 46, Hendin 1171, Choice VF, Samaria mint, weight 3.146g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 0o
, 40 - 37 B.C.; obverse HPΩ∆OY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, winged caduceus, date LΓ on left and monogram
on right; reverse poppy pod on stem with leaves, fillet left and right; rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
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