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Home > Catalog > |Judean & Biblical Coins| > |Hasmonean Dynasty| > |Alexander Jannaeus| > JD55365
Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after his conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized annexation of these areas. The inscription was apparently a short-lived attempt at propaganda to refute the Pharisees claims that the Hasmoneans were priests and therefore not from David's line and thus usurpers of the crown.
JD55365. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1151, F, obverse off-center, Jerusalem mint, weight 1.041g, maximum diameter 14.0mm, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Priest the king" and Π-like monogram between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; legend and anchor neatly engraved; SOLD

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