Judah Aristobulus I 104 - 103 BC
Ruler: Judah Aristobulus I
Date: 104-103 BC
Reverse: Dbl. Cornucopia
Reference: Hendin 465
Judah Aristobulus I was ruler for one year. He was only supposed to be the High Priest but he grabbed the royal title from his mother who had been appointed by John Hyrcanus I. From a Biblical point of view his reign is important because he will conquer the land of Galilee and make the people there convert to Judaism. In this way the town of Nazareth, which will play an important part of the Infancy Narrative, will be under Jewish control. His coins will be hard to find not only because he ruled for just one year but also because he will use a double cornucopia motif that other Hasmonaean rulers will also favor. You will need to find a coin that has clear lettering on it to distinguish it from other Hasmonaean ruler coins. Because of it size and use it will be a candidate for the Widow’s Mite as well as a coin that could be found on the money changers table.