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Judaea, Achaemenid Persian Yehud Province, c. 375 - 333 B.C.
Yehud, or Yehud Medinata (Aramaic for Province of Judah), was a province of the Persian Achaemenid Empire which corresponded to the previous Babylonian province of Yehud, which was formed after the fall of the kingdom of Judah to the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 597 B.C. The territory, which was ruled by mostly Jewish governors, was considerably smaller and held a far smaller population than the kingdom of Judah before the Babylonian conquest. Yehud existed until the area was incorporated into the empires of Alexander the Great and his successors.SL97483. Silver half gerah, Meshorer TJC pl. 2, 16c; Hendin 1059a; Sofaer Collection p. 241, 13; HGC 10 445 (S), NGC Ch XF (Choice Extremely Fine), strike 4/5, surface 3/5, scratches (2103763-001), weight 0.32 g, maximum diameter 6.5 mm, die axis 225o, c. 375 - 333 B.C.; obverse crowned and bearded male head (Persian king?) right; reverse falcon facing, flying upward, wings spread, head right, retrograde Aramaic inscription YHD (Yehud) on right; NGC| Lookup; very scarce; SOLD
Sokar was the Memphite god of the dead and patron of the workers who built the necropolis and tomb and ritual objects, and substances used in mummification. During the Late Period, the combined deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, was often represented as a wooden mummiform figure with the regalia of kingship, standing on a miniature sarcophagus, facing a small Sokar hawk at his feet. See Ptah-Sokar-Osiris in NumisWiki for a photograph of a complete piece.AEA30964. Wood sokar hawk; 16 cm (6 1/4") long, 5.7 cm (1 3/4") tall, original gilding and red, black, and blue gesso pigment with some touch-up restoration; hole in the top of the head originally held a crown, now missing; SOLD