Alexander Jannaeus AE Prutah, overstruck on Lily type, see notes, 103 - 76 B.C.E.

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ALEXANDER JANNAEUS - YANNAI HAMELECH AE PRUTAH, 103 - 76 B.C.E

Hendin 1149b, 15.6mm, 2.88 grams. 

Obverse: Paleo-Hebrew inscription within wreath YEHONATAN THE HIGH PRIEST AND THE COUNCIL OF THE JUDEANS, Hebrew over anchor

Reverse: Double Cornucopiae with pomegranate in center, cornucopias over lily.

A WELL STRUCK and very ATTRACTIVE specimen!

A fascinating coin of the Jannaeus inscription overstruck on Lily type. The understrike on this coin is usually obliterated, but interestingly Hendin assigned a few sub-numbers in his book, for various varieties when they are not.

This coin shows clear features of BOTH coins, on BOTH sides. Interestingly, the way you rotate the coin, makes one feature apparent, while the second recedes to the backround. Picture one shows the lily clearly, and even the stem. When we rotate the coin (picture two) we can read the letters quite easily, and the lily becomes less discernable. On the cornucopia side (picture three) the left cornucopia is extremely bold. When we rotate the coin (picture 4) we clearly read much of the Jannaeus inscription, and see the outline of the anchor. The circles and wreath have also been preserved from BOTH coins!

Ex: JM Auction, Sept. 1990