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    A Second Menorah Prutah

    Mattatayah Antigonus (40 - 37 BC). AE prutah (15mm, 1.10 gm, 12h). Traces of paleo-Hebrew (Mattatayah the High Priest) around showbread table / [BAΣIΛ]EΩΣ A[NTIΓONOY]; seven-branched menorah. Hendin 1168. TJC 41. AJC I Group Z. Samuels 44 (this coin). Extremely rare. Very Fine.

    Ex. Superior 9/12/1989 (Heifitz Collection Part 2), 2293.

    This coin depicts the showbread table and menorah, two of the most sacred objects in the Jerusalem Temple. One might think that the only ancient coin depicting such holy objects would be well manufactured. However, the showbread/menorah coins are generally poorly struck and, moreover, always struck from dies much larger than the planchets. Therefore the inscriptions are never complete, and, indeed, the coin type had been known for more than 100 years before it was recognized that there was a paleo-Hebrew inscription around the showbread table. In the entire Hasmonean (Maccabean) series of coins, the side with the paleo-Hebrew script is always the obverse, hence the description.




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