|JUDAEAN BRONZE PRUTAH OF JUDAS ARISTOBOULOS I (YEHUDAH), 104-103 BC
Judaea, the Hasmonean Dynasty, Judas Aristoboulos I, bronze prutah, Jerusalem mint, 104-103 BC
Diameter: 13 mm.; Weight: 1.86 grams
Obverse: “Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews” (legend in Paleo-Hebrew) within wreath
Reverse: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons pomegranate between horns
Very fine condition for these often crude issues, clear inscription.
Ex Dr. Robert A. Kilmarx collection.
Reference: D. Hendin. Guide to Biblical Coins. 5th edition. New York. 2010. No. 1143.
|The Hasmonean dynasty was the ruling dynasty of Judaea and surrounding regions during the late Hellenistic period. The royal dynasty was established under the leadership of Simon Maccabaeus two decades after his brother, Judas the Maccabee, defeated the Seleukid army during the Maccabean Revolt. Seleukid rule in Judaea, characterized by a rise in Hellenistic culture and religious practices, saw the quelling of Jewish religious practice and culture a detrimental development for the Jews who enjoyed periods of relative autonomy under previous suzerains.|