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Hanukkah

In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil. John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon the Maccabee and nephew of Judah Maccabee, the hero of the Hanukkah story. John Hyrcanus was the first Jewish ruler to issue coins in his own name.

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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175 - 164 B.C., Apamea

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Antiochus IV seized the Temple in Jerusalem and dedicated it to Zeus. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. after Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. There was only enough oil to fuel the eternal flame for one day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days, enough time to prepare fresh oil.
GI87394. Bronze AE 15, Houghton-Lorber 1428; SNG Spaer 1050; cf. Babelon 670; Newell CSE II 336; BMC Seleucid p. 41, 81 (various controls in ex.), gF, dark patina, flan adjustment marks (scratches), porosity, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 3.479 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Syria, Apamea (Qalaat al-Madiq, Syria) mint, 168 - 164 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Antiochos IV right; reverse AΠAMEΩN/TΩN on right and ΠPO−Σ TΩI/AΞIΩIon left, Zeus standing half left, head left, himation over left shoulder and around hips and legs, Nike in extended right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, control symbol in exergue (off flan); rare; $90.00 (Ä76.50)


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175 - 164 B.C., Quasi-Municipal Antioch Issue

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In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. After three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple and the eight-day miracle of the menorah in 165 B.C.
GY87397. Bronze AE 22, Houghton-Lorber II 1416(2)a; BMC Seleucid p. 40, 65 corr.; Newell CSE 129; SNG Spaer 1010; HGC 9 656 (R1), aVF, dark green patina, porosity, central dimples, weight 7.759 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, summer 168 - 164 B.C.; obverse radiate and diademed head of Antiochos IV right, one diadem flying up behind, the other falling forward over shoulder; reverse ANTIOXOY/TΩN / ΠPOΣ ∆AΦNHI, Zeus standing slightly right, head left, raising wreath in extended right, resting left hand on side, ΩΠA monogram left and AB monogram right, nothing in exergue (undated); rare; $80.00 (Ä68.00)


Hanukkah Lot - 8 Maccabees (Hasmonean) Coins and one Antiochus IV Coin, c. 175 - 37 B.C.

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In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil.

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LT59406. Bronze lot, 8 all different prutot and lepta of the Maccabee (Hasmonean Dynasty) Kings and one coin of the nemesis Seleukid King, Antiochus IV, nice examples, all attributable, actual coins in the photograph; SOLD







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