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Ancient Pruta Lily/Anchor Pendant

Ancient Pruta Lily/Anchor Pendant


Jerusalem bronze prutah, circa 132 - 130 BC in sterling silver Star of David Pendant. Obverse: Anchor. Reverse: Lily of Jerusalem.

Certificate of Authenticity.

Struck by John Hycarnus, son of Simon the Maccabee, and nephew of Judah Maccabee, hero of Judea and a founder of the Hasmonean Dynasty, This coin has both Jewish and Christian symbolism.

The cross first appeared openly as Christian symbol sometime in the fourth century after Constantine the Great recognized Christianity as one of the official religions of the Roman Empire. Since Christians were persecuted before this time overtly Christian symbols could not be openly displayed. One of the symbols employed by the early Christian community in this period was the anchor. The use of the anchor in the Christian catacombs of Rome is evidence of this. Why was the anchor a popular symbol? It was a well known symbol and decorative motif all over the Eastern Mediterranean.

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