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Ancient Lyre Harp on Modern Israeli Coin

Ancient Lyre Harp on Modern Israeli Coin

In this intriguing closeup, a small tower of shiny old coins is artfully arranged, and one coin, the focal point, stands prominently on top. The featured coin is a Half Israeli Shekel, its brass color gleaming, yet it bears the distinct signs of age, revealing intricate grunge details that speak to its historical journey. Minted since 1985, this coin holds the value of 50 Agorot and has been a part of Israel's currency. The unique aspect of this coin lies in its reverse side, which captures attention with an artistic depiction of a Lyre Harp. The lyre, a 12-string variant, is presented with meticulous detail, showcasing the craftsmanship of the coin's design. However, the historical context adds a layer of intrigue. The lyre is said to be based on an image from the Bar Kochba period (132 AD – 135 AD), but some archaeologists have cast doubt on its authenticity. They suggest that the stone seal, on which the image is based, might be a forgery. The grunge details on the coin's surface accentuate its age and the passage of time. The wear and tear contribute to the coin's unique character, making it a tangible connection to the past. Despite the controversy surrounding the lyre's historical accuracy, the coin itself becomes a fascinating artifact, embodying the rich history and the ongoing debates within the archaeological community.

Image ID#: 32847 / Category: Designs, Money / Price: 499$
Ancient Lyre Harp on Modern Israeli Coin
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