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    Classic Lily / Falcon Type

    Yehud Era (375-302 BC). AR half gerah (7mm, 0.30 gm, 6h). Probably Jerusalem, before 333 BC. Lily / Paleo-Hebrew YHD above right wing of falcon with wings spread, head right Hendin 1060. Meshorer TJC 16. AJC 117,16b. Dark "find patina," otherwise Extremely Fine.

    Here we have the classic Yehud issue, displaying the lily (strongly resembling the later French fleur de lis) as a symbol for Jerusalem. The lily, or shoshan in Hebrew, was considered a standout among flowers. Rabbinic sources refer to a 'lily-rose,' which is a symbol for Israel, as well as a 'soft lily' and the 'lily of the valley.' The association with the land of Israel appears to be quite ancient.
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