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Re: Pristly :Pomegranates *LINK*
In Response To: Hawking Coins ()

Hi Charles,

Thanks, awesome start, and I believe with further research, we will see that these symbols do represent the zeitgeist of the era.

Coins are extremely important to nations and Judaic people took huge pride in their coinage from the the days of the Maccabees forward. There was much debate about whether any portraits should be included, and though there had been prior instances of the king and queen sharing one side of a coin (Ptolemaic era), it is likely that the Aristobulus and Salome coin was the first ever in the history of the world that displayed the king and queen with a full side for each of them. Together with other aspects of Salome's life, including possible authorship of much of the Fourth Gospel, it may be that major strides made for women during that era were later rolled back by the powers in Rome.

Retutrning to pomegranates, they were very much associated with the priesthood:

"in Christian art the pomegranate became a symbol for the Word made flesh, the Incarnation"

from http://www.florin.ms/pomegranate.html

and from Wikipedia:

"Exodus 28:3334 directed that images of pomegranates be woven onto the borders of Hebrew priestly robes. 1 Kings 7:1322 describes pomegranates depicted in the temple King Solomon built in Jerusalem. Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness, because it is said to have 613 seeds which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah. However, the actual number of seeds varies with individual fruits.[30] For this reason and others, many Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. The pomegranate is one of the few images which appear on ancient coins of Judea as a holy symbol, and today many Torah scrolls are stored while not in use with a pair of decorative hollow silver "pomegranates" (rimmonim) slid down over the two upper scroll handles. For the same reason, pomegranates are a motif found in Christian religious decoration."

There were a range of other symbols including the Horn of Plenty, the cornucopia, that appeared during the several century transition from falcons to pomegranates as significant coin symbols, and it is likely that many of these will correlate nicely with your analysis of the Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Seleucid, Ptolemaic and Herodian eras.

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