Bronze prutah of Herod Agrippa I
Ruler: Herod Agrippa I
Date: 41/42 AD (Year 6)
This small bronze coin was minted in the sixth regnal year of Herod Agrippa I, and was minted only in Jerusalem. This coin includes the name “Agrippa” in Greek as well as three branches of wheat, representing the third generation of the Herodian dynasty. Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod the Great, and he ruled over the entire country of Israel and Northern Transjordan, unlike Herod’s sons, who had split apart the Herodian Kingdom. In Acts 25-26, Paul is taken to Herod Agrippa I and put on trial. Paul used this trial to share the story of the Gospel, putting the life of Jesus in the context of the Old Testament and Jewish tradition. Agrippa I is also known for following in his grandfather’s footsteps by continuing massive building projects in Jerusalem, such as the Third Wall and the Temple Mount complex.