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Judea, Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I (135-40 BC) - First Jewish Coin (Presentation Portfolio with COA)

Judea, Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I (135-40 BC) - First Jewish Coin (Presentation Portfolio with COA)
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Why add this Judaea Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I to your collection of ancient coins?

The first Jewish coins were struck 450 years after the establishment of the Jewish Kingdom, under the reign of John Hyrcanus I, King and High Priest of Judea, around 135 B.C.. Hyrcanus was the first ruler of the Hasmonean dynasty, which endured until 37 B.C., when it surrendered to the Herodian dynasty. This example of the first Jewish coin measures 12-14.5 mm in diameter.

Sacred Jewish imagery

The obverse illustrates a double cornucopia curving around a pomegranate at the center of the coin. The pomegranate was one of the most celebrated products of Palestine, a sacred fruit to the early Jewish civilization, used to signify the bounty of the Promised Land to Moses. The cornucopia, or "horn of plenty", symbolizes an abundant harvest, and was one of the most revered religious symbols of the ancient world.

A wreath is featured on the reverse, framing a Hebrew inscription which translates to "Yehohanan (John) the High Priest and the Council of the Jews."

Collectible album with Certificate of Authenticity

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has authenticated this coin as a genuine Judea Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I, struck 135-40 B.C. The coin is presented in a handsome fold-open album, including a Certificate of Authenticity and story card providing a brief summary of the establishment of the Jewish Kingdom, and the minting of their first coinage.

This Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I struck 135-40 B.C. is a beautiful historic treasure that belongs in your collection!


Year of Issue:135-40 BC
Mint:Judaea Mint
Grading Service:Uncertified
Composition:Bronze
Denomination:1