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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1290637

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This bracelet includes two prutot types of Alexander Jannaeus. Both minted in the late 2nd-early 1st Century BCE they were still in circulation during the life of Christ.

Reign of Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 BCE)

Type 1:

Obverse: BASILEWS ALESANDROU around anchor.

Reverse: Eight rayed star surrounded by diadem. “Yehonatan the King” between rays.

Bibliography: Hendin, 469

Type 2:

Obverse: Double cornucopiae with ribbons, pomegranate in center.

Reverse: Hebrew inscription “Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews” surrounded by wreath.

Bibliography: Hendin, 473

Coins in fine to extremely fine condition.

Set in sterling silver bracelet.

Bracelet length: 17.5 cm (6.88 inches)

Weight: 21.3 g

Diameter: 14 mm

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Minted during the reign of King Alexander Jannaeus these coins were used by the majority of the citizenry to buy their day to day items. The son of John Hyrancus, Alexander Jannaeus ascended the throne in 103 BC and ruled, as well as expanded, the Jewish Hasmonean kingdom.

However, these coins are best known for their association with the Widow's Mite parable in Mark and Luke from which the name is derived: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him: Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41-44)