John Hyrcanus I, 135-104 BCE. Half-Prutah, Jerusalem; 1.11 g.
THE SAMEL COLLECTION OF ANCIENT JEWISH COINS
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JUDAEA, Hasmonaean Dynasty, 164-37 BCE.
Half-Prutah, Jerusalem; 1.11 g. YHWḤNN HKHN HGDL above a palm frond, WḤḆR HYHWDYM below it (Yehohanan the High Priest and the Jews’ Council)//A blossom of a lily flanked by two ears of grain, A in the l. field. Hendin no. 1134; Meshorer, Treasury 203 Group C.
Nearly very fine
Overbeck – Meshorer no. 60.
Cf. Lykke 44, who falling back on Romanoff 50 f. discusses the problem whether the depicted flower is to be identified with a lily or a rose. At any rate, the representation of the lily seems to be influenced by Rhodian coins which show a rose. For the meaning of the lily cf. Romanoff 45-51 and Lykke 45 f. who characterises the symbol's development from a "sign of Judaea and Jerusalem" to a "central image ... within Jewish coin iconography". It may be sufficient to cite verse 14.6 from the Book of Hosea: "I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon."