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Home > Catalog > |Judean & Biblical Coins| > |Hasmonean Dynasty| > |Alexander Jannaeus| > JD76651
Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
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. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD76651. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K, Meshorer AJC C, VF, earthen deposits, reverse 1/5 off-center, Jerusalem mint, weight 2.685g, maximum diameter 16.3mm, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; 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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