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Jewish Bronze Prutah of King Herod the Great - C.10308
Origin: Minted in Samaria
Circa: 40 BCE to 4 BCE

Collection: Jewish Coins
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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Obverse: Lebes over tripod; date to left, monogram to right.

Reverse: Military helmet, star above, palm to left and right.

The helmet on the reverse of this type has been the subject of much research. Initially thought to be a vessel (Madden 1864) others (Kindler 1974) referred to it as a thymaterion (incense burner), but today’s experts (Meshorer and Hendin) now believe it to be a helmet. Its confirmation to be a helmet was presented by Hendin in the Israel Numismatic Journal Vol.11 in which he showed that, through the analysis of a superb specimen, there was a wreath on the helmet which included a large leaf as a central device. Thus he concluded that the object is a soldier’s helmet with a wreath, cheek pieces and straps. Leaves on helmets were a suitable symbol and design motif at this time as Herod I did not depict human images on any of his coins. - (C.10308)


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