A HASMONEAN 4-PRUTAH OF MATTATAYAH ANTIGONUS
Please refer to our stock # WC.117 when inquiring.
Jerusalem Mint; 40-37 BCE
Obverse: Paleo-Hebrew inscription “Mattatayah the High Priest” around cornucopia tied with ribbons and decorated with vine leafs and grapes.
Reverse: BACIΛEΩC ANTIΓONOY (Of King Antigonus) within wreath and border of dots.
Weight: 7.25 g; Diameter: 19.5 mm
Condition: Good to Fine
Reference: Hendin, 1163
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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.