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RC8-Lilly of Jerusalem
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Metal Type:  Sterling Silver
Diameter:  21mm
  $ 228


Lily of Jerusalem

Denomination: Bronze Prutah

Date: 130 - 132 B.C.E                        



Jerusalem bronze Prutah was struck by John Hycarnus, as vassal of Antiochus VII,Seleukid King of Syria.
John was the son of Simon the Maccabee, and the nephew of the legendary hero Judah Maccabee.The coin itself is a fascinating political document. Antiochus VII respected Jewish feelings by not depicting his portrait on the coin.
Furthermore, the reverse side shows a lily, one of the symbols of Jerusalem. This lily was prominent in the tample of Solomon decorating the capitals of Joachin and Boaz the two columns that stood at the entrance.

On the obverse is an anchor, which is a symbol similar to a cross, used by the early Christianity.

The cross first appeared openly as Christian symbol around the fourth century, after Constantine the Great recognized it as a symbol of Christianity. Since Christians were persecuted before this time, overtly Christian symbols could not be openly displayed. One of the symbols representing the cross and employed by the early Christian community in this period was the anchor.The anchor was also used as a decoration within the Christian catacombs of Rome.It was a well known symbol and decorative motif all over the Eastern Mediterranean and the coastal region.

The anchor as an image recalls the hope in salvation, as stated in Hebrews 6:19, "which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enter within the veil".

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