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Judah Aristobulus I (Yehudah), 104 - 103 B.C.

John Hyrcanus directed that after his death his wife would rule and Aristobulus, the eldest of his five sons, was to become the high-priest. Aristobulus was not satisfied, so he cast his mother into prison and allowed her to starve. He was ruthless to the Pharisees. After only a year's reign he died of a painful illness.

|Judah| |Aristobulus| |I|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Judah| |Aristobulus| |I| |(Yehudah),| |104| |-| |103| |B.C.||prutah|
The Paleo-Hebrew inscription on this coin reads, from right to left, as follows: The Paleo-Hebrew inscription reads, from right to left in five lines, as follows: YHWD/H (Judah) KHN (priest, kaf appearing as nun) GD/WL (high) W (and) (HH)BR (council) / H (the) YHWDY/M (Jews). See Reading Judean Coins in NumisWiki.
JD98145. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1143, Meshorer TJC U, Meshorer AJC J, HGC 10 634, VF, full inscription, enhanced highlighting earthen fill patina, reverse slightly off center, obverse edge beveled, weight 2.438 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 30o, Jerusalem mint, 104 - 103 B.C.; obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; from an Israeli collection; $250.00 (205.00) ON RESERVE


|Judah| |Aristobulus| |I|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Judah| |Aristobulus| |I| |(Yehudah),| |104| |-| |103| |B.C.||prutah|
The Paleo-Hebrew inscription on this coin reads, from right to left, as follows: The Paleo-Hebrew inscription reads, from right to left, as follows: YHWD/H (Judah) KHN (priest) GD/WL (high) W (and) (HH)BR (council) / H (the) YHWD/MY (Jews). See Reading Judean Coins in NumisWiki.
JD35688. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1143, Meshorer TJC U, Meshorer AJC J, HGC 10 634, Choice gVF, excellent centering, nice patina with red earthen fill highlighting, weight 2.387 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 104 - 103 B.C.; obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; from a Florida dealer; SOLD


|Judah| |Aristobulus| |I|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Judah| |Aristobulus| |I| |(Yehudah),| |104| |-| |103| |B.C.||prutah|
The cornucopia was a hollow animal horn used as a container. One of the most popular religious symbols of the ancient world, the cornucopia is also know as the "horn of plenty." The cornucopia symbolizes abundance and the prosperity of the nation.

See Symbols| on Judean| Coins| in NumisWiki.
JD35718. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1143, Meshorer TJC U, Meshorer AJC J, HGC 10 634, VF, reverse 1/2 off-center, weight 2.190 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 104 - 103 B.C.; obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; nice full legend, ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); SOLD










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SYMBOLS ON THE COINS OF JUDAH ARISTOBULUS I (YEHUDA)

Cornucopia: The cornucopia was a hollow animal horn used as a container. One of the most popular religious symbols of the ancient world, the cornucopia is also know as the "horn of plenty." The cornucopia symbolizes abundance and the prosperity of the nation.

Pomegranate: The pomegranate was one of the seven celebrated products of Palestine and among the fruits brought to the temple as offerings of the first-fruits. Two hundred pomegranates decorated each of the two columns in the temple and were an integral part of the sacred vestment of the High Priest, as bells and pomegranates were suspended from his mantle.


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