This ancient bronze coin is a relic of one of the most politically and religiously tumultuous times in the ancient world. This coin is of the rule of Matthias Antigonus II, the last king of Judea. He was the last of the Hasmoneans, crowned ruler in 40 B.C.E. The Hasmonean Kings established a fully autonomous Jewish state, ensuring the continuation of the Jewish religion. Until, the Romans declared Herod I to be ruler of Judea. After much fighting, Antigonus was killed and Herod ascended the throne. This was the great turning point that paved the way for the events of the New Testament.
This bronze prutah features a cornucopia on the obverse and a wreath with an inscription on the reverse. This coin is certified authentic by NGC, and is a fantastic reminder of the historic and political intruigue that surrounds the New Testament. Add this amazing ancient coin to your collection today!