Israelite Period Bronze Currency Ingot From Israel 96 Grams
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Israelite Period Bronze Currency Ingot From Israel 96 Grams:
Nice example of currency from Biblical times.
This is an Israelite Period (Iron Age c. 8th century BC) bronze bracelet-shaped currency ingot,around7.7 cm diameter and weighs96 grams.These are often mistakenly believed to be bracelets, an idea which is quickly dissuaded by inability to slip in even a small hand, combined with the heavy weight.
Reference: Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency 4.
This is a variety with a bulging center and narrow ends, found in the same context as the more uniform width type. It has been suggested that this is a southern style.
A hoard of more than 300 similar ingots (referred to in the excavation reports as 'anklets' [also impossible given the very thick bronze, which could have never been put on a person] was found in an Iron Age II tomb (c. 8th century BCE) Near Kibbutz Lahav in the south of Israel (Biran & Gophna 1970: 156).
This ingot was purchased by me from a licensed dealer in Israel.
This lot is accompanied by a photo-authenticity receipt signed by David Hendin, author of Guide to Biblical Coins.
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