Jewish Coins

The collection of coins is an important component of the Hecht Collection.

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
66-70 CE
Yahud coin struck in Jerusalem
Persian period, 4th century BCE
Silver shekel
struck in Jerusalem
in 66/7 CE
Judaea Capta coin
struck at Rome in 71
Head of Agrippa I coin
struck at Caesarea in 43 CE