The coins of the Hasmonaeans
The coins are arranged here acording to the leading Research book on the Hasmonean coins, A Treasury of Jewish Coins, by Ya'akov Meshorer, Jerusalem/New York 2001 (Hebrew 1997). The different groups of the Hasmonean coins are given according to the Latin letters in the english version of the book of Mehorer. Derpartures from this are mentioned and are according to the German book: Michael Krupp, Die Hasmonäischen Münzen, Jerusalem 2004, new edition 2011. All known coins are given here, even the very seldom.
The white fields are taken from Meshorer and Michael Krupp, Metallurgical Examination of Hasmonean coins, in: Israel Numismatic Journal, Volume 16, 2007-8 (Studies in Honor of Shraga Qedar, Jerusalem 2008).
The Hasmonean coins are the first given out by a Jewish authority. As a first in a small country and by in this field still inexperiened diecutters the coins ar as in the neighbor countries like the Nabateans primitive and inaccurate. Many times the die is bigger than the flan. Seldom all the incription is complete. Most of the copies here presented belong to the best preserved exampels.
The division in groups is by motive, text and the different scripts on the coins.
Here all the main types are presented, but not all are for sale. Alltogether it is a very representative collection of the Hasmonean coinage.
From this type the text is allways kohen gadol without determination
different division of text and different text. The text reads: "Yehohanan the High priest of the Community of the Jews" and not as the coins before "... and the community ..." The Chet in both coins is different from the norm
Aristobul I 104 B.C.E
Aristobul I reigned only one year. The next group is maybe his only
coins. They are very rare. The dies are cut from the same die cutter than
Alexander Jannai 103-76 B.C.E.
very rare, the prices are between 2000 and 3000 Euro
Jehuda Aristobul II.
From the same die cutter than group Q.
Hyrkanos II. with the name Jonatan
That these coins are from Hyrkanos II. is not a general oppinion between numismats and historians. Conf. my Article Die Münzen Jonatan Hyrkanos iI. in: Wie gut sind deine Zelte Jaakov...", Festschrift Reinhold Mayer, Gerlingen 1986, S. 12-28.
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