Herodian coins from Israel.
Coins of Herodian dynasty were minted between 37 BC and 92 AD in Judea by the Jews from Idumean descent. Read More...
Herod's father Antipater was a wealthy man who became a citizen of the Roman empire through his friendship with Julius Caesar.
The Senate in Rome appointed Herod as King of Judea in 40 BC, after he had converted to Judaism with his father Antipater.
When Herod the Great was told that another “King of the Jews” had been born he was outraged and commanded all male children born in and around Bethlehem till 2 years old be slain.
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. (Matthew 2:16)