Hasmonean Prutah Jewish Ancient Coin
The bronze Hasmonean coins have a variety of symbols, including the double cornucopia (found on the modern NIS 2 Shekel coin), the lily (found on the NIS 1 Shekel coin), the star, and the palm branch. The most fascinating aspect of these coins, however, are their inscriptions. The inscription on these coins (except the star design Alexander Jannaeus) reads, “name of the ruler, high priest, and council of the Jews” in an ancient paleo-Hebrew script. It makes most sense that this inscription indicates the name of the minting authority of these coins.