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Gold Cufflinks Featuring Jewish Coins Minted During the Reign of Agrippa I - FJ.6959
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 37 AD to 44 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Bronze and Gold

Location: United States
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These genuine ancient coins have been mounted in a pair of modern 18 karat gold cufflinks.

Herod Agrippa was the grandson of Herod the Great, the Jewish King of Roman ruled Palestine. At age three, upon his father’s execution, he was sent to Rome, where he received a Roman education with the princes of the ruling dynasty, the Julio-Claudians, including the future emperor Caligula. He remained in Rome until, deep in dept, he was forced to flee to escape his creditors. He wandered around the empire, encountering troubles wherever he stayed, and finally returned to Rome in despair. His friend, Caligula, settled his outstanding debts. Agrippa, hoping to take advantage of this friendship, encouraged Caligula to seize power. But the Emperor Tiberius sensed Agrippa’s plotting and had him imprisoned in 36 A.D. However, he left detention as a king. In 34, Agrippa's uncle Philip had died without sons. The emperor Tiberius ordered his realms to be added to the province of Syria, but in 37 A.D., he died. Caligula became emperor and immediately restored the principality and appointed as its king Herod Agrippa. He was the first to be called “King” since his grandfather, Herod the Great, who passed away almost forty years before. Although King of Palestine, Herod Agrippa spent most of his time at the side of the Emperor, occasionally acting on diplomatic missions and accompanying him on the battlefield. In 39 A.D., Agrippa’s uncle Herod Antipas attempted to usurp his royal title. Caligula intervened, exiling Antipas and transfereing his territories of Galilee and Parea to Agrippa. In 41, Caligula succumbed to his mental illness and was murdered. The Jewish king played a very important role during the accession of Claudius. He was grateful to Agrippa; Judea and Samaria were added to his realm. Agrippa was now king of all the territories that had once been ruled by Herod the Great. Jerusalem was again the capital of Palestine. Agrippa's entry in the city of David and Herod was a triumph. Like his uncles and grandfather, Agrippa was both a Roman and a Jewish ruler. He did much for the city of Jerusalem and was appreciated by many pious Jews, especially for his measures against a sect from Galilee, the Christians. Upon his mysterious demise in 44 A.D., his son Julius Marcus Agrippa succeeded him.

The inherent splendor of the precious metals is allowed to shine in this gorgeous pair of cufflinks. The hues of the bronze and the gold naturally complement each other. In these cufflinks, the present and the past combine. The classic, reserved form of the modern gold settings enhances the timeless beauty and majesty of the ancient coins. To wear this pair of cufflinks is to reconnect with the past while simultaneously exhibiting style and elegance that is both contemporary and timeless.
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