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    First Appearence of Jerusalem Lily?

    Philistia (for Jerusalem [Judah]?) (5-4 centuries BC). AR quarter-shekel (14mm, 4.18 gm, 3h). Helmeted head of Athena to r. / AΘE downward on r.; owl r. head facing, olive spray and crescent upper l., lily or possibly lotus 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. Samuels 34 (this coin, also enlarged on page 6). SNG ANS 6 pl. 1,27 (obol). This is the best known specimen. Extremely Fine.

    The cataloguers believe that the argument for a connection of this type to Jerusalem is convincing based upon the use of the lily symbol, although Gitler-Tal suggest it might also be a lotus flower. 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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