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The Galilee Hoard, 131 Bronze Coins, Deposited c. 84 B.C., Found 1989

In 1989, Alex Malloy received a hoard of 131 bronze coins. The find location was reported to be north of the Sea of Galilee. The hoard is of special interest as it represents the fascinating historical struggle in that region in the end of the 2nd century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century B.C. All the historical players of the period are represented in the hoard. The Syrian kings, Antiochus VIII, his sons, Demetrius III and Antiochus XII, the Hasmonean Alexander Jannaeus and the Nabataean Aretas III are included. The nine mints represented are Damascus, Antioch on the Orontes, Akko-Ptolemais, Tyre, Jerusalem, Seleucis on the Orontes, the Nabataean mint of Petra, Sidon, and Biblos. Click here to read Alex Malloy's study "The Galilee Hoard" and Allen Berman's "Historical Background to the Galilee Hoard."


Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius I Soter, 162 - 150 B.C.

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Demetrius defeated Judas Maccabaeus and restored Seleukid control over Judaea.
BB46365. Bronze AE 21, Houghton-Lorber II 1671 - 1672, Houghton CSE 736 - 741; Galilee Hoard H18 (this coin), Fair, weight 5.076 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre mint, obverse diademed head of Demetrius right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ∆HMHTPIOY − TYPIΩN, stern of a galley left, date above; ex Galilee Hoard (found north of the Sea of Galilee in 1989); SOLD


Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius III Eucaerus, c. 96 - 87 B.C.

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Demetrius III Eucaerus ("the Timely") was nicknamed Acaerus ("the Untimely) by the Jews. He defeated the Hasmonaean Priest King Alexander Jannaeus but was forced to withdraw from Judaea by the hostile population. While attempting to dethrone his brother, Philip I Philadelphus, he was defeated by the Arabs and Parthians, and taken prisoner. He was held in confinement in Parthia by Mithridates II until his death in 88 B.C.
GY46351. Bronze AE 19, Houghton-Lorber II 2456(4); SNG Spaer 2871; Galilee Hoard H53 (this coin), VF, weight 3.793 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Damascus mint, 96 - 87 B.C.; obverse radiate and diademed, lightly bearded head of Demetrius III right; reverse BACIΛEΩC ∆HMHTPIOY ΘEOY ΦIΛOMHTOPOC CΩTHPOC, Hermes standing left on a square basis, kerykeion in right, palm frond in left, N over A left, ∆H monogram on basis; ex Galilee Hoard (found north of the Sea of Galilee in 1989); SOLD


Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius III Eucaerus, c. 96 - 87 B.C.

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Demetrius III Eucaerus ("the Timely") was nicknamed Acaerus ("the Untimely) by the Jews. He defeated the Hasmonaean Priest King Alexander Jannaeus but was forced to withdraw from Judaea by the hostile population. While attempting to dethrone his brother, Philip I Philadelphus, he was defeated by the Arabs and Parthians, and taken prisoner. He was held in confinement in Parthia by Mithridates II until his death in 88 B.C.
GY46350. Bronze AE 19, SNG Spaer 2876 (same obverse die); Houghton-Lorber II 2456(2); Galilee Hoard H55 (this coin), aVF, weight 4.655 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Damascus mint, 96 - 87 B.C.; obverse radiate and diademed, lightly bearded head of Demetrius III right; reverse BACIΛEΩC ∆HMHTPIOY ΘEOY ΦIΛOMHTOPOC CΩTHPOC, Hermes standing left on a square basis, kerykeion in right, palm frond in left, N over Θ left; ex Galilee Hoard (found north of the Sea of Galilee in 1989); SOLD







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