Rare 'Lily' DrachmPhilistia (for Jerusalem?) (5th-4th centuries BC). AR quarter-shekel (12.3mm, 3.81 gm, 3h). Helmeted head of Athena to right / AΘE downward on right; owl right head facing, olive spray and crescent upper left, lily between the Greek legend and the owl, all within incuse square. Gitler-Tal XII.13D. Svornos-Pick pl. 109,36. Mildenberg 2000c pl. 58, 58. SNG ANS 6 pl. 1,27 (obol). Extremely rare! Very Fine.
The cataloguers believe that the argument for a connection of this type to Jerusalem is convincing based upon the use of the lily flower or shoshon, the ancient symbol of Jerusalem. Spaer and Meshorer have catalogued this type with the Yehud coinage; the earliest Yehud coinage was apparently struck for Jerusalem at the Philistia mint (this phenomenon discussed by Gitler 2012).
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