Concerning the Aquatic-Bovine Dimension to YHWH Worship and Its Relation to the Double Cornucopia on Jewish Coinage


  • Nicholas J. Molinari


Why is the image of the double cornucopia so utterly pervasive on Judaean coinage of the Hasmonean Dynasty? Is it a mere decorative motif, perhaps mimicking Seleukid or other Greek types also featuring a cornucopia, or is there a deeper, authentically Jewish religious dimension to the iconography? A few numismatists have offered cursory explanations for its appearance but none of the explanations are particularly satisfying, largely because they leave much of the earlier history of Jewish cult outside of the interpretation. Meshorer, in his essay, claimed that, although the cornucopia was a near-universal symbol in antiquity, the double cornucopia was a Greek iconographic development that was adopted by the Jews and assimilated into their culture.


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Molinari, N. J. (2021). Concerning the Aquatic-Bovine Dimension to YHWH Worship and Its Relation to the Double Cornucopia on Jewish Coinage. KOINON: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies, 4, 77–100. Retrieved from



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