A BRONZE PRUTAH OF KING HEROD AGRIPPA I
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Reign of King Herod Agrippa I(37-44 CE)
Minted 42/43 CE
Obverse: A royal umbrella surrounded by the Greek inscription "King Agrippa"
Reverse: Three ears of barley and the date "LS" (Year 6 = 42/43 CE)
Found in Judea. In very fine condition. Natural patina.
15 – 17 mm
Custom olive wood box, shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
In 37 CE, Rome gave the lands of Herod Philip II to Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great and Miriam (of the Hasmonean line). When Herod Antipas was banished two years later, his territory also was assigned to Agrippa. By 41 CE, Agrippa I - descendent of both the Maccabees and Herod the Great - became the sole ruler of Judaea. Apparently, it is Agrippa I who is referred to in the Mishnah (Jewish Oral Law): When celebrating the Festival of the First Fruits "even King Agrippa carried the baskets (of fruit) on his shoulder" (Bik. 3:4). It was also Herod Agrippa I who "stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And ... he proceeded further to take Peter also" (Acts 12:1-3).