The First Judean Coins

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The First Judean Coins

Post by MrMacSon » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:28 pm


Judaea was part of the Persian empire from the 6th - 4th centuries BCE. During the latter part of this period, small silver coins were struck by an autonomous Jewish authority with the permission of the Persians. Many copied the owl design of the popular Athenian silver coins, but the Greek inscription “AQE” was replaced by an ancient Hebrew legend “YEHUD,” the Persian name of the Province of Judaea.

Other examples feature a portrait of the Persian king or the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy I (following the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BCE); some are inscribed in Paleo-Aramaic “Yehezqiyah the Governor” (the last governor of Persian Judaea), etc.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the ... dean-coins

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