“The seven-branched lamp stand, the menorah, has become a symbol of the Jewish faith.”

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(This coin from Jerusalem is around two and a half thousand years old)

The first menorah was the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lamp stand that was made of pure gold and was used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. 

The seven-branched lamp stand, the menorah, has become a symbol of the Jewish faith. It was first stamped on coins by King Antigonus II, the man that the Parthians set up as priest-king in Jerusalem about 40 BC.

Antigonus II was the King and High Priest (Although he had no Priesthood authority) of Judea before being overthrown by Herod I.

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