The collection of coins is an important component of the Hecht
It includes coins struck by Jewish rulers during the Second
Temple period, beginning with the coins of YHD, the Persian
Province of Judah (approximately mid-4th century BCE) and ending
with the coins of Bar Kokhba (132-135 CE).
Especially impressive are the shekels and half-shekels from
the period of the Great Revolt, and the sela and dinar coins
that were minted during the Bar Kokhba War. These coins were
decorated with motifs common in Jewish art, such as pomegranates, clusters of grapes,
goblets, and musical instruments.
The coins effectively comprise a large collection
of portraits of Jewish rulers of the Second Temple period. Depicted
upon these coins are the images of Herodian dynasty rulers;
the most impressive are the coins of Agrippa I.
The collection also includes interesting non-Jewish coins that have some
connection with Jewish history, such as the "Judaea Capta" coins, which the
Romans minted after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.
Hoard of shekels from the time of
the Jewish War against the Romans