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Showbread / Menorah Issue of Mattatayah Antigonus

Mattatayah Antigonus (40 - 37 BC). AE prutah (17mm, 1.25 gm, 12h). Traces of paleo-Hebrew (Mattatayah the Priest) around showbread table / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY; seven-branched menorah. Hendin 1168. TJC 41. AJC I Group Z. Samuels 45 (this coin). About Extremely Fine.

Ex. A. Bromberg Collection by private treaty.

The most striking aspect of this coin to modern viewers is the image of the golden seven-branched menorah that stood in the Jerusalem Temple, that object can also be seen in nearly the same form, as it is carried in the triumphal procession, on the Arch of Titus in Rome. At the time this coin was struck it was one of very few images of the menorah and showbread table that were created while the Second Temple stood. At the time, the menorah and table were specific references to the Jerusalem Temple itself. It was only much later, after the Temple was destroyed by Titus in 70 AD that the use of the menorah as a symbol was expanded, and by the 4th-5th centuries AD the menorah had become a widely used symbol of Judaism itself, used on rings, seals, oil lamps, and synagogue decorations. Today the menorah is the national emblem of the State of Israel.



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