Thursday, March 01, 2018

Trump and Cyrus - the coin

NUMISMATICS? Israeli group mints Trump coin to honor Jerusalem recognition. Mikdash Educational Center creates 1,000 coins with US president's image alongside King Cyrus, in move likely to rile Iranians (AP/Times of Israel). Probably not only them.

Note that this is an AP story. It is also running in Newsweek and it has been around for a while. It isn't a Purim joke.

Various people have compared President Trump to Cyrus the Great at one time or another (cf., e.g., here). I haven't noted any of those stories in past posts, but I did link to a reference to Cyrus by the White House last year. See the links at that post for some reservations about invoking Cyrus in modern political contexts.

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