Mounted in a stunning 18 karat gold pendant.
With the decline in power of the ruling Seleucid
dynasty of Syria in the second century B.C., the
Hasmoneans began to assert a greater political
independence for the Jewish people. Upon the
death of Alexander Janaeus in 76 B.C., his widow
Salome Alexandra took over the reign of power.
However, because a woman could not hold the
office of high priest, this title was given to her
son by Jannaeus, John Hyrcanus II. When Salome
died in 67 B.C., a civil war broke out between
Hyrcanus and his brother Aristobulus II which
lasted four years, until the Roman general
Pompey intervened. Pompey then conquered
Jerusalem but left the powers of John Hyrcanus
as high priest intact. From this time onward, the
Romans took an active hand in the political
affairs of Judea. One of John Hyrcanus' chief
advisors was Antipater the Idumean who saw
that his own son Herod was eventually installed
on the throne after the death of Hyrcanus in 40
This beautiful bronze coin, minted during the
reign of John Hyrcanus II, features the image of a
double cornucopia adorned with ribbons and a
pomegranate rising between horns. The other
side of the coin displays a Hebrew inscription.
Mounted in a regal gold pendant setting, this
bronze coin is a radiant symbol of the ancient
light of hope that has sustained the Jewish
people for centuries.