[b-hebrew] Hebrew numismatics - modern

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Nov 30 16:31:56 EST 2003


It says, in both "modern" Hebrew square letters and in a stylized version of
Paleo-Hebrew script, LG)LT CYWN - "lege'ulat Tsiyyon" - "for the redemption
of Zion". Both the inscription and the design, a palm tree between two
baskets full of friut, are taken from coins minted in the fourth year of the
Jewish revolt against the Romans - 69 C.E.
The Paleo-Hebrew is dificult to read because it is not the "classical"
script of Iron-Age inscriptions, but rather an "artificial" version used on
Second-Temple Jewish coins from the Hasmoneans through Bar-Kokhba, prsumably
as a sort of statement of "national pride". It is very similar to what
became known as Samaritan script.


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From: "lehmann" <lehmann at mail.uni-mainz.de>
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Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 9:49 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Hebrew numismatics - modern

> Dear listfellows
> maybe it's little bit out of topic - but can anyone tell me what it is
> that is written at the back of the new israeli 10-sheqel-coin, and what
> script that should be?
> Best regards
> Reinhard
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