Coin Found Adjacent to the Western Wall

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A bronze coin from the time period of Mattathias Antigonus, the last Hasmonean king, was found during the sifting of rubble from an archaeological dig near the Western Wall. The dig, located beneath Robinson’s Arch, is being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and led by archaeologist Eli Shukron.  Around 66 coins of this type have been found to date. Mattathias Antigonus ruled from 40-37 BCE.

In 40 BCE the Parthians succeeded in conquering the Land of Israel from the Romans. With the support and help of the Parthians, Mattathias conquered Jerusalem and was crowned King.

Herod was forced to flee Jerusalem and traveled to Rome where he was crowned King by the Roman Senate in 40 BCE.

In 39 BCE Herod returned to Israel and with the Roman’s help, built a large army. There ensued a prolonged military battle between Herod and Mattathias over control of the Land of Israel and Jerusalem.  Assisted by the Roman army, Herod succeeded in conquering Jerusalem in 37 BCE. Mattathias was captured and put to death.

With the death of Mattathias, the Hasmonean dynasty lost the throne to Herod, lost its status as the head of the Jewish nation in the Land of Israel, and also soon lost the High Priesthood.

All that was left of him was Hasmonean blood that flowed through the veins of members of the Herodian dynasty, namely Agrippa I and II, who were the descendants of Herod and his wife, Mariamne, daughter of Hyrcanus II. 

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  • Bronze Coin Found Adjacent to the Western Wall

    Bronze Coin Found Adjacent to the Western Wall

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