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05 Apr 2021

Herod I Prutah

Ancient Coins | CoinStar08

Hello! I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I know they weren't that good before, so I am going to write one where you guys can learn something!
Ok, so a few months ago, I got this coin on an auction on ebay. It is a Herod the 1st prutah which was made from 40-4 BCE. I bought this coin because I love ancient coins and it was made around the time of Jesus's birth, which I found fascinating! So I decided to do my own research to reveal all the really cool info about this coin.
First off, this coin is made during the reign of Herod the Great. Herod the Great was a very well known king of Judea and was born in 72 BCE. He was famous for ordering huge building projects and constructions. He even renovated the second temple in Jerusalem. You might be thinking Herod seemed like a really nice guy, and a great king. But not everything ancient text tells that story. According to the book of Matthew in the bible it talks about how Herod ordered all babies to be killed! Though there is no proven evidence of this, it still is a terrible thing to happen.
We also must learn about what a prutah even is! A prutah is a small denomination coin that was made of copper. These coins were definitely not very desirable back then, because you needed 10 of them to buy a single loaf of bread.
Ok, time to talk about the coin. On the obverse of the coin, there is an anchor as well as writing. The prutah contains the letters HPW BACIΛ. Which means King Herod. On the reverse of the coin, there is a double cornucopia, with a caduceus between it. The coin is pretty off center because back them they used to use a hammer to print each coin. The would slam the hammer on the metal, and create the imprint of the coin. I have no clue how much this coin is worth, but I know I paid 7 bucks for it! Which at least, seemed like a good deal. If anybody has anymore info or knowledge of how much the coin is worth, please post a comment because I would love to learn more! Thank you soooo much for reading and I hope you learned something!

Comments

Mokie

Level 6

Nice Job, thanks for an interesting blog. Not much interest in ancients but I always love to read about different coins.

Longstrider

Level 6

Nice blog with a couple of excellent photos. Ancient coins are a very interesting area to collect. Good luck on getting more of them. There should be some books at the ANA Library that has more info for you. They are up and going again. Thanks.

Golfer

Level 5

Great coin with lots of history. Thanks

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

This coin is a classic!! I have my eye on one at the moment.

Kepi

Level 6

Wonderful blog! Enjoyed it very much! Great coin indeed! ; )

walking liberty

Level 4

i have a small copper-like ancient coin that I got for.15! it does not have any major features on it so I don't know anything about it.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Not much has changed in over 2000 years in that respect......lots of corrupt rulers!

Kepi

Level 6

I agree 100% with Bama's comment! ; )

CoinStar08

Level 4

Yeah, that's the sad part.

Mike

Level 7

That's a great coin I like the history. A coin that would go with that is the Widows Mite. It was used when The Christ walked the earth. I always wonder if he bought bread or something even just to hold it. Take care and Thanks for an exciting blog!

CoinStar08

Level 4

Yeah, it is very unlikely, but it is crazy to think that Jesus could have touched that coin!

CoinStar08

Level 4

Wow! It seems like it would be obvious, but most people have never realized it!

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice blog! Fun fact that I learned a couple days ago: almost all ancient coins have been cleaned (probably because most are dug up)

CoinStar08

Level 4

That's really cool! I hope you find out more! There are so many things to learn just about a single coin. It's crazy to think how many people have touched a single coin.

coinsbygary

Level 5

I have a widow's mite from the Hasmonean Dynasty just before Herod's time, about 115-37 BC. Mine also has the double cornucopia on one side with what appears to be a pomegranate in the middle. On the other side is an inscription that, to date, I have not been able to translate. I found some information on many of the inscriptions of that time period, but mine wasn't in it—the inscription named which particular Hasmonean King was ruling at the time.

CoinStar08

Level 4

Yeah! It's crazy how many corrupt rulers there were back then. Everyone good has a bad side of it!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for a really interesting blog! I have been occasionally adding to my small coin collection of Biblical era Coins. I will have to be on the lookout for one of these. I have a Widow's mite and one other that I cannot recall the name of off of the top of my head. Herod was really terrible, wasn't he?

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