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JD37164. Bronze lepton, Hendin 1153, VF, Jerusalem mint, weight 0.628g, maximum diameter 14.3mm, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse crude star within circle of dots; reverse upside-down anchor within linear circle; SOLD
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Anchor: The anchor was adopted from the Seleucids, who used it to symbolize their naval strength. Anchors are often depicted upside down, as they would be seen hung on the side of a boat ready for use. Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas.
Star: The star symbolized heaven.
Diadem: The diadem symbolized royalty
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