A HASMONEAN 8-PRUTAH OF MATTATAYAH ANTIGONUS
Please refer to our stock # WC.116 when inquiring.
Jerusalem Mint; 40-37 BCE
Obverse: Paleo-Hebrew inscription “Mattatayah the High Priest and Council of the Jews” around and between double cornucopia.
Reverse: BACIΛEΩC ANTIΓONOY (Of King Antigonus) around ivy wreath tied with ribbons.
Weight: 15.07 g; Diameter: 22.45 mm
Condition: Fine with stepped flan.
Reference: Hendin, 1162
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The youngest son of Aristobulus II, Mattatayah Antigonus waged war against Herod and Rome with the help of the Parthian king Orodes II in 40 BCE. While this attempt proved ultimately to be futile, he did produce unique and intriguing coinage during this time. Minted hurriedly, as a propaganda tool, these coins were of comparably low quality and craftsmanship. Unlike any other previous Hasmonean coinage, these coins were minted in a double mold and were produced in large denominations, such as the one seen here.