|Dimensions (mm)||13 x 13 x 1.5mm|
|Weight (carats)||1 carats|
Jewish Coin of
Judah Aristobulus I (Yehudah) King of Judaea: 104-103 B.C.E
Bronze 'Prutah' 13mm (1.96 grams) Jerusalem mint, struck circa 104 B.C.
Reference: Hendin 1143
Paleo-Hebrew inscription (Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews) in wedge-style characters within wreath.
Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns, border of dots.
The dies for this coin were either made by the same die cutter, or at least the same workshop of Jannaeus No. 1144, which suggests that this was the later of the Aristobulus types, and puts the coin immediately before the coins of Jannaeus.
A loaf of bread in ancient times was worth about 10 prutot (plural of prutah). One prutah was also worth two lepta (singular lepton), which was the smallest denomination minted by the Hasmonean and Herodian Dynasty kings .
This prutah, minted at Jerusalem in the Jewish rebels during the First Jewish Revolt, depicts on the obverse an amphora, and on the reverse a vine leaf.
1.39 weight grams
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