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1979 Israel 5 Lirot coin pendant Jewish Lion of Judah Seal of Shema Jeroboam Jerusalem Tel Aviv menorah Hebrew Haifa Rishon LeZion Petah Tikva Yiddish Bar Kochba Yehudim Nazareth Star of David n002169

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Israel 5 Lirot {1978-1979} 19S 


front: Lion resembling the image of the siegelring of "Shema, servant of Jeroboam" with
state emblem (menorah flanked by olive branches) above

إسرائيل ISRAEL

Jeroboam II inaugurated the longest reign of a king of Northern Israel in 788 BCE. He ruled over a period of unparalleled prosperity, taking advantage of a lapse in strong Assyrian control of the Levant. Jeroboam’s name is preserved on a seal made of jasper that is dated paleographically to the mid-eighth century, ruling out Jeroboam I, a tenth-century king of Israel. The seal depicts a magnificent lion, realistically shown in full-throated roar with its tufted tail erect. Several other seals from the late Iron Age bear the title ‘bd hmlk, “servant of the king,” an indication that the ‘ebed was a high-ranking official of the kings of Israel and Judah. Biblical evidence lends further credence to this hypothesis.

Circumstances of Discovery and Acquisition- This seal, made of jasper, was found in the Megiddo excavations of 1904; it was discovered accidentally in the excavation dump, not in a stratified level. Although the seal itself was lost en route to the Istanbul Museum, an impression cast in bronze had been made prior to its shipment.

back: Value flanked by stars


• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Copper-nickel coin
• diameter: 30 mm
• weight: 11.2 g

• 22" black cotton necklace with lobster clasp, 2 mm thick {see last photo}
• 24" stainless steel ball chain, 2.4 mm thick {lightweight 5 g}
• 1-1/8" stainless steel keychain with 30 mm ring {see last photo}
• no chain or cord

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