Give Me The Head of John The Baptist! Queen Salome

26Dec
In the next few weeks there are several fascinating coins up for auction that relate closely to the story of Christmas.
By far, the most unusual and rare coin is being sold the first week of January.   It features King Aristobulus of Chaclis and Armenia and his wife, Queen Salome.   This is the Salome that the Gospels describe as using her seductive powers to convince her step father and uncle, Herod Antipas, to behead John the Baptist.  Her father was Antipa's half brother (Herod II) and was at one time first in line to inherit Herod the Great's monarchy, but was written out of his will at the last moment.  Her mother, Heroidas,  then divorced Herod II to marry the man who did in fact become the Tetarch of the Galilee.  

Herod Antipas minted several coins but they all showed great deference to the prohibition against using graven images.  
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A Nazi Travels To Palestine: Rare medal Reflecting Strange History of Cooperation Between Zionist Movement and Nazi Party

24Dec
Next week an auction house in Australia is offering a rare token from modern Jewish History naziob nazirev The front depicts a Star of David surrounded by the inscription in German "A Nazi Travels to Palestine" (Ein Nazi fährt nach Palästina). The back shows a swastika in the center and the words "And he writes about it in The Attack" (Und erzählt davon in Angriff) ...
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Berlin Jews Mint Two Medals in 1936 and 1937 Commerating Jewish Life in Germany. What Were They Thinking?

22Dec
Obverese:   Don Isaac Abarbael 1437 1937:  Rev:  Produced by the Jewish Community of Berlin,  The Philosopher, Statesman, Minister, and Wise in Torah.   Family Crest of Abarbanel Family 

In January, Stacks ...
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The Birth of the Hanukkah Story as We Know It: Zionism At Work. Part Five of the Hanukkah Series

13Dec

As I have discussed in the previous post on this series about Hanukkah, 

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Part Four: Attention History Lovers: The Blow By Blow Story of Hanukkah!

13Dec

Happy Hanukkah.  Only two more nights of Hanukkah.    In this series of blog posts I have focused on something hardly ever mentioned:  the story of Hanukkah we know is not the same story known for most of the last 2,000 years by most Jews.   The big difference?  The minimization of Judah the Maccabbee.   The Hanukkah story is a saga that spanned over 30 years.  The part we all know is sort of akin to Episode 4 of the Star Wars Double Trilogy.    

This blog provides the blow by blow account (no, not really --- that would take hundreds of pages) of the story from the beginning to end.  In doi...
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