For thousands of years, the land at the east of the Mediterranean Sea has played a central role in world affairs. Jerusalem alone is a focal point for the world’s three great religions. For Westerners, perhaps the most significant characteristic of the region is that it was the birthplace of Christianity, which has been a dominant influence on culture for over two millennia, and the historical home of Judaism. Given the countless occupants of the region, any given Ancient Coin may have been handled by people from several different groups, Biblical figures, kings… the possibilities are endless.
Coins from Judea often have special significance for casual and avid collectors alike, thanks to Biblical References. For example, Jesus told the parable of the Widow’s Mite, a coin of little market value, in which a poor widow gave two mites as a tithe. Jesus said that the contribution was more than anyone else had given because it was all that she had, as opposed to just a portion of it.
Other Judean coins offer insight into Jewish life and tradition. For example, the Bronze Prutah of Hyrcanus I was struck in the first and second century BC. The coin features important Jewish symbols, including a cornucopia, which symbolizes an abundant harvest with which God may grace the Jewish people.
For collectors who seek connection with the ancient past, perhaps no coins offer better opportunities than those from Judea. They not only provide physical connections with one of the world’s most important places and times, but often also offer spiritual ones. Consider adding one or more from the region as you grow your collection.