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Home > Catalog > |Judean & Biblical Coins| > |Hasmonean Dynasty| > |Alexander Jannaeus| > JD54945
Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." (Mark 12:41) The lepton was the smallest coin in Jerusalem during Christ's lifetime. Biblical scholars believe this type is the Widow's Mite.
JD54945. Bronze prutah, Meshorer TJC L3, Hendin 1152, VF, off-center, Jerusalem mint, weight 1.398g, maximum diameter 14.7mm, 78 - 76 B.C.; obverse Aramaic inscription: King Alexander year 25, star of eight rays and central pellet within circle of dots; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor within linear circle, L KE (year 25) near anchor points; 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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