JUDAEA, HEROD THE GREAT, 40 - 4 B.C. AE "Eight Prutot"

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Seller: abca-c-sllc5hjngh (561) 100%, Location: Coopersville, Michigan, Ships to: US, Item: 264422576758 JUDAEA, HEROD THE GREAT, 40 - 4 B.C. AE "Eight Prutot"Obverse: Military helmet, front view, wreath featuring acanthus leaf around, cheek pieces and straps, star above flanked by palm branches. Reverse: Tripod, ceremonial bowl (lebes) above, flanked by date and monogram in fields. Lettering: "Of King Herod" An ancient bronze prutot struck under King Herod I ("the Great"), who received his power from Antony in 40 B.C., but did not establish his control until 37 B.C., hence the date of the coin being "Year 3" (37 B.C.). This is the historical King Herod who built the magnificent Jewish Temple in Jerusalem that the Romans destroyed in 70 A.D. The Western Wall ("Wailing Wall") that is the holy Jewish site in the city today, is a remnant of the outer wall of the Temple complex. Comments: A tough coin to find with complete features and nearly all the legend visible. This is the highest bronze denomination of the Herodian reign. The monogram of the Greek letters tau and rho above are probably a contraction for "trito" or the third year. This was the third year of his reign under the Romans. Displaying a beautiful green patina, this is one of the classic rarities of Judean bronze collecting. NO RESERVE Composition: Bronze

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