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Reign of Alexander Jannaeus (c. 104-76 BCE)

Jerusalem Mint

Obverse: Paleo-Hebrew script “Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews” within wreath.

Reverse: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns. Border of dots.

Weight: 2.01 g; Diameter: 13.1 mm

Condition: Very Fine to Extremely Fine

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Hendin, 1144


Alexander Jannaeus was the son of John Hyrcanus I and succeeded to the throne after the brief of his brother, Judah Aristobulus I. He was the first ruler of the Hasmonean Dynasty to place the title king on his coinage, rather than simply the title of high priest. Although he issued on this coinage his Jewish name, Yehonatan, or a shortened version Yonatan, and continued the prohibition of graven images, he also clearly showed Hellenistic and contemporary influences through the use of Greek and Aramaic inscriptions and the inclusion of Hellenistic symbols such as the diadem. These types of changes toward Hellenism as well as his love of opulence and militarism caused strife between him and the Pharisees although his reign is generally regarded as successful. Coins such as this one represent his earlier coinage which is almost identical to the coins of his father with the only real change being the name.