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    Herod of Chalcis

    Herod of Chalcis (41 - 48 AD). AE (25mm, 12.66 gm, 12h). BAΣIΛΕY[Σ] ΗΡΩΔ[ΗΣ ΦΙΛΟΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΣ] (King Herod, friend of Claudius); diademed bust of Herod of Chalcis to r. / KΛAYΔI ΩKAIΣA PI ΣEBAΣ TΩ ETΓ (for Claudius Caesar Augustus, year 3 = 43/4 AD); within a circle and wreath. Hendin 1252. TJC 362. AJC II 280,1. RPC 4778. Samuels 67 (this coin). A spectacular specimen, surely among the finest known of this ruler. About Extremely Fine/Extremely Fine.

    Ex. Superior 9-12-1989 (Heifitz Collection Part II), 2811.

    Herod of Chalcis (sometimes called Herod III) was the grandson of Herod the Great and younger brother of Herod Agrippa I. At Agrippa's request, Claudius granted him the kingship of Chalcis in Coele-Syria, a land not predominantly inhabited by Jews. Despite this Herod of Chalcis showed a keen interest in the affairs of his Jewish brethren. Josephus reports that he "asked Claudius to give him authority over the Temple and holy vessels and the selection of the high priests, all of which he obtained." Upon his death in 48 CE, Chalcis was inherited by Agrippa II.


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